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DOE/Mitsubishi Enter Consent Decree Dismissing Claims of Certification Violations

May 7, 2010 - 12:41pm

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On May 7, 2010, DOE entered into a Consent Decree with Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics, USA Inc. dismissing alleged energy efficiency certification violations in return for a $5000 voluntary contribution that will be made on Mitsubishi’s behalf by the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).  This will resolve the case initiated on April 21, 2010, against Mitsubishi.  After issuing a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty alleging that Mitsubishi had failed to submit certification reports for some models of air conditioners and heat pumps, DOE discovered Mitsubishi had provided the required information to AHRI, an industry trade association, with the understanding that AHRI would in turn submit the required reports to DOE.  AHRI acknowledged that the certification reports had not been submitted to DOE, accepted responsibility for the matter, and agreed to make a $5,000 voluntary contribution to the U.S. Treasury on behalf of Mitsubishi.  DOE regulations, for the sake of administrative efficiency, allow manufacturers to have third parties submit certification reports on their behalf.  Nevertheless, today's consent decree is a reminder that manufacturers are ultimately responsible for ensuring compliance with certification requirements.  AHRI has now provided DOE with the reports certifying that the Mitsubishi air conditioners at issue meet the applicable energy conservation standards.  As part of the settlement, AHRI is also submitting a plan to ensure future compliance.

 

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