Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum led a coalition of 16 attorneys general in submitting comments in opposition to a proposal by the Energy Department to create a new product class under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) for fast-cycle clothes washers and dryers. The proposal would exempt such appliances from EPCA energy efficiency standards altogether — including from baseline standards set by Congress — in violation of the statute’s anti-backsliding provision. The attorneys general also challenged the department’s dubious assertion that the proposal need not undergo National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review, emphasizing that “[i]t is self-evident that if adopting a standard has environmental benefits, carving out exemptions to that standard — which is what establishing these ‘new product classes’ would do — will result in detrimental environmental impacts.”
- Documents: CommentsOR Press Release
- Document Type: Comment Letters Press Releases/Statements
- States: Colorado Connecticut Maine Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Nevada New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina Oregon Vermont Washington Washington, D.C.
- Agencies: Department of Energy
- Issues: Energy & Energy Efficiency Energy Efficiency
- Era: Trump Administration
- Action Type: Rulemaking & Other Federal Administrative Proceedings