Today, the Department of Energy announced that it had resolved civil penalty actions against four showerhead manufacturers for having violated the Department's water conservation certification regulations. To resolve these actions Zoe Industries, Altmans Products LLC, EZ-FLO International, and Watermark Designs Ltd. have now certified that their showerheads meet federal water conservation standards and collectively will pay civil penalties of $165,104.
“The Office of Environmental Management has decided not to move forward at this time with its February decision to direct contractors to start planning for higher concentrations of plutonium in waste canisters at the Savannah River Site. While this may ultimately be a better way to manage and minimize the volume of waste, the Department wants to further review the issues involved before proceeding. No canisters have been filled at the higher concentration level.”
On April 23, 2010, the Department of Energy opposed the State of Washington’s motion to enjoin the Department's efforts to wind down the Yucca Mountain Program. The Department's filing, made in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, explained that Washington had not demonstrated either a likelihood of success on the merits or irreparable injury. The Department's filing can be found here.
The Office of General Counsel has issued Notices of Proposed Civil Penalty to Westinghouse Lighting Corporation and Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, Inc. for failing to certify that certain of their products meet the applicable energy conservation standards as required by the Energy Policy Conservation Act (EPCA) and DOE regulations. The Notice issued to Westinghouse proposes payments to the government of $350,400 for failure to certify over 71 types of light bulbs.
The U.S. Department of Energy has closed its investigation into the energy efficiency of lighting products manufactured by Habitex Corporation and sold under the Target and Adesso brand names based on test data provided by the companies. The Department requested information from the three companies last month in response to a complaint that these products did not meet the Department’s energy efficiency standards for torchieres.