Sixteen AGs Filed Comments Opposing Unlawful Energy Efficiency Carve-Out for Fast-Cycle Washers and Dryers

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.”