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Rulemaking for Microwave Ovens Test Procedure Active Mode

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The Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing to establish test procedures for microwave ovens active mode. This rulemaking is mandated by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA).

This rulemaking is related to the microwave ovens standard and test procedure.

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

Recent Updates

DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking for test procedures for the active mode of microwave ovens. 78 FR 7939 (February 4, 2013).

Public Meeting Information

A public meeting was held on March 5, 2013.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

Milestones and Documents

The microwave ovens active mode test procedures rulemaking docket EERE-2010-BT-TP-0023 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 Public Meeting
Request for Information
Notice of Data Availability
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Final Rule

Related Rulemakings

DOE is also conducting a microwave oven standby and off mode energy conservation standards rulemaking.

Statutory Authority

EPCA sets forth a variety of provisions designed to improve energy efficiency. Part A of Title III (42 U.S.C. 6291–6309) establishes the "Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles" for consumer products, including microwave ovens. (42 U.S.C. 6291(1)–(2) and 6292(a)(10))

Contact Information

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