Enforcement Policy on the Application of Waivers and on the Waiver Process

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April 5, 2017

DOE reissued its policy with respect to enforcement actions against basic models that are the subject of a pending test procedure waiver application.

In response to questions from manufacturers, on November 30, 2010, the Department of Energy sought views on the implementation of recently granted waivers establishing an alternative test procedure for large-capacity clothes washers. After reviewing the comments, relevant provisions of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended, and applicable regulations, the Department issued an enforcement policy on December 23, 2010, to provide guidance both to resolve the questions posed and to explain how it will exercise its enforcement authority in the future with respect to basic models subject to a pending application for a test procedure waiver.