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Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Walk-in Coolers and Walk-in Freezers

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Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy.


Final rule; delay of effective date.


This document delays the effective date of a recently published final rule amending the test procedure for certain walk-in cooler and freezer components.


Effective January 26, 2017 the effective date of the rule amending 10 CFR parts 429 and 431 published in the Federal Register at 81 FR 95758 on December 28, 2016, is delayed until March 21, 2017.

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Ms. Ashley Armstrong, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Office, EE-2J, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC, 20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 586-6590. Email:

Michael Kido, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, 1000 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Phone: (202) 586-8145. Email:

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On January 20, 2017, the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff (“Chief of Staff”) issued a memorandum, published in the Federal Register on January 24, 2017 (82 FR 8346), outlining the President's plan for managing the Federal regulatory process at the outset of the new Administration. In implementation of one of the measures directed by that memorandum, the United States Department of Energy (“DOE”) hereby temporarily postpones the effective date of its final rule amending the test procedure for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers (collectively, “walk-ins”) published in the Federal Register on December 28, 2016. See 81 FR 95758. The December 28 rule clarifies certain specific aspects related to the testing of walk-in refrigeration systems, updates certain related certification and enforcement provisions, and establishes labeling requirements to assist in determining compliance with relevant walk-in standards. Consistent with the memorandum, DOE is temporarily postponing the effective date of the final rule by 60 days, starting from January 20, 2017. The temporary 60-day delay in effective date is necessary to give DOE officials the opportunity for further review and consideration of new regulations, consistent with the Chief of Staff's memorandum of January 20, 2017.

To the extent that 5 U.S.C. 553 applies to this action, it is exempt from notice and comment because it constitutes a rule of procedure under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A). Alternatively, DOE's implementation of this action without opportunity for public comment, effective immediately upon publication in the Federal Register, is based on the good cause exceptions in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) and 553(d)(3). Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), DOE has determined that good cause exists to forego the requirement to provide prior notice and an opportunity for public comment thereon for this rule as such procedures would be impracticable, unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. DOE is temporarily postponing for 60 days the effective date of this regulation pursuant to the previously-noted memorandum of the Chief of Staff and is exercising no discretion in implementing this specific provision of the memorandum. As a result, seeking public comment on this delay is unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. It is also impracticable given that the memorandum was issued on January 20, 2017, and the previous effective date of the rule at issue was January 27, 2017. For these same reasons DOE finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in effective date provided for in 5 U.S.C. 553(d).

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Issued in Washington, DC, on January 24, 2017.

John T. Lucas,

Acting General Counsel.

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[FR Doc. 2017-01956 Filed 1-26-17; 4:15 pm]