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Re: Ex parte communication

On April 20, 2010, Scott Bates, Corporate Vice President and General Counsel, and Karen Meyers, Director of Government Affairs, both of the Rheem Manufacturing Company (“Rheem”), accompanied by their counsel, Bill Anaya of Alston & Bird, LLP, met with Department of Energy (“DOE”) officials Scott Harris, General Counsel, Maureen McLaughlin, Special Assistant to the General Counsel, and Stephanie Weiner, Special Assistant, Office of the General Counsel.

At the meeting, Rheem applauded the leadership being provided by the Office of the General Counsel across a broad portfolio of policies and initiatives. Participants discussed Rheem's engagement as a company that brings a broad range of products, including air conditioners, furnaces, water heaters, pool heaters, and specialty products, to market which are important to the public and our national energy efficiency goals.