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Rulemaking for Plumbing Products Test Procedure

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The Department of Energy has proposed to update its test procedures for showerheads, faucets, water closets, urinals,and commercial prerinse spray valves, collectively known as plumbing products. This activity is mandated by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 2007 (EPCA).

Recent Updates | Public Meeting Information | Submitting Public Comments | Milestones and Documents | Related Rulemakings | Statutory Authority | Contact Information

Recent Updates

DOE published a final rule regarding test procedures for showerheads, faucets, water closets, urinals, and commercial prerinse spray valves. 78 FR 62970 (October 23, 2013).

Public Meeting Information

No public meeting is scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

Milestones and Documents

The plumbing products test procedure rulemaking docket EERE-2011-BT-TP-0061 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents. For the latest information on the planned timing of future DOE regulatory milestones, see the current Office of Management and Budget Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. All planned dates are preliminary and subject to change.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Notice of Public Meeting
Final Rule
  • Final Rule, Federal Register, 78 FR 62970 (October 23, 2013)
  • The effective date of this rule is November 22, 2013

Related Rulemakings

There are no related rulemakings.

Statutory Authority

The current water conservation standards for showerheads, faucets, water closets, and urinals are mandated by Part A, the ‘‘Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles’’ of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended. (42 U.S.C. 6291–6309) Showerheads, faucets, water closets, and urinals are treated as covered products under Part A. (42 U.S.C. 6295(j) and 42 U.S.C. 6295(k)) Commercial prerinse spray valves are also covered in Part A (42 U.S.C. 6295(dd)), although DOE subsequently adopted the standards and test procedure for these products into the Code of Federal Regulations as industrial equipment. 70 FR 60407 (Oct. 18, 2005).

Contact Information

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