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March 7, 2010
DOE Initiates Enforcement Actions Against 4 Showerhead Manufacturers (Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty and Requests for Test Data Issued)

The Office of General Counsel has issued a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty to Hudson-Reed Limited for failing to certify to DOE that showerheads manufactured or distributed within the United States meet the applicable water conservation standards as required by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) and DOE regulations.  This Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty proposes payments to the government of $1,920,200.  Under federal law, manufacturers of some products covered by EPCA are required to certify to the Department that their models meet the applicable water conservation standards. 

March 3, 2010
Department of Energy Files Motion to Withdraw Yucca Mountain License Application

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Energy today filed a motion with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to withdraw the license application for a high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain with prejudice.

February 26, 2010
GC Commits to Transparency on Nuclear Waste Fund Fee Adequacy Decisions

Consistent with the Administration's commitment to transparency, DOE General Counsel Scott Blake Harris has decided that all future determinations as to the adequacy of the Nuclear Waste Fund fee will be made available to the public on DOE's website shortly after DOE makes a determination. The report relied upon in determining fee adequacy for 2008, the most recent year for which DOE has made a determination, is available here: (2008 Fee Adequacy Letter Report).

February 19, 2010
DOE Files Report Confirming Intent to Preserve and Archive Yucca Project Documents

Washington, DC - The Department of Energy filed today a report with the NRC detailing the extensive steps it is taking to preserve and protect its document collection created in connection with the Yucca Mountain proceeding.

February 19, 2010
DOE Files Report Confirming Intent to Preserve and Archive Yucca Project Documents

Washington, DC - The Department of Energy filed today a report with the NRC detailing the extensive steps it is taking to preserve and protect its document collection created in connection with the Yucca Mountain proceeding.

February 4, 2010
DOE Institutes Enforcement Action Against AeroSys, Inc. for Failure to Certify Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps

Washington, DC - The Department of Energy’s Office of General Counsel has issued a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty to AeroSys, Inc.

February 3, 2010
DOE General Counsel Issues Arbitration Guidance for Management and Operations Contractors

Washington, DC - The Office of the General Counsel, in conjunction with the Office of General Counsel of the NNSA, has reviewed the question of whether Department of Energy contractors can include binding arbitration in their contracts with third-parties.  We have determined that there is currently no legal prohibition on M&O contractors including binding arbitration clauses in their contracts with others.  In fact, we believe it often will be a good idea to include arbitration clauses as a means of limiting the risk of litigation which is often more time consuming and expensive than a

February 2, 2010
DOE Warns Manufacturers Who Submitted Incomplete Certification Reports

Washington, DC - The Department of Energy’s Office of General Counsel has sent warning letters to 9 manufacturers or trade associations that submitted incomplete energy-efficiency test data to comply with DOE’s energy-efficiency standards.

January 28, 2010
DOE Institutes Enforcement Action against 4 Showerhead Manufacturers for Failure to Certify 116 Products

WASHINGTON DC - The Office of General Counsel has issued Notices of Proposed Civil Penalty to Zoe Industries, Altmans Products LLC, EZ-FLO International, and Watermark Designs, Ltd. for failing to certify to the Department of Energy that showerheads manufactured or distributed by these companies meet the applicable water conservation standard as required by the Energy Policy Conservation Act and DOE's regulations.

January 28, 2010
DOE Launches New Dataset on its Environmental Reviews

Washington, DC - To further transparency and openness in its implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Department of Energy (DOE) has created a comprehensive database of categorical exclusion (CX) determinations.  The information is available at Data.gov and the DOE NEPA Website.