Commercial Prerinse Spray Valves

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The Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 6291–6317 establishes energy conservation standards and test procedures for certain commercial and industrial equipment, including commercial prerinse spray valves. The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), defines the term “commercial prerinse spray valve” to mean a handheld device that has a release-to-close valve and is suitable for removing food residue from food service items before cleaning them in commercial dishwashingor ware washing equipment. DOE last amended energy conservation standards for commercial prerinse spray valves through a final rule published in the Federal Register on January 27, 2016.

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Recent and Ongoing Activities

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of proposed determination (NOPD) pertaining to standards for commercial prerinse spray valves (CPSVs). The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including CPSVs. EPCA also requires DOE to periodically determine whether more-stringent, amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in significant energy savings. In this NOPD, DOE has initially determined that amended energy conservation standards for CPSVs are not needed. DOE requests comment on this proposed determination and the associated analyses and results.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPD until October 18, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE- 2019-BT-STD-0034, by email (CPSV2019STD0034@ee.doe.gov) or Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov). 

DOE has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedures for commercial prerinse spray valves to incorporate by reference the current version of the relevant industry standard, i.e., American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) F2324-13 (2019), Standard Test Method for Prerinse Spray Valves (“ASTM F2324-13 (2019)”). ASTM F2324 (2019) is a reaffirmation of the industry standard currently incorporated by reference in the DOE test procedure for commercial prerinse spray valves and as such, this proposal would not substantively change the current test procedure. DOE also proposes to amend the commercial prerinse spray valves definition to codify existing guidance on the application of the definition.

DOE has published a Federal Register notice reopening the public comment period for its Request for Information (RFI) regarding energy conservation standards for commercial prerinse spray valves. DOE published the RFI in the Federal Register on June 10, 2020, establishing a 30-day public comment period that ended July 10, 2020. On June 25, 2020, DOE received a comment requesting extension of the comment period by 30 days. DOE is reopening the public comment period for submitting comments and data on the RFI for an additional 30 days

  • Frequently Asked Questions on the request for information pertaining to energy conservation standards for Commercial Prerinse Spray Valves.

DOE has published Federal Register notice reopening the public comment period for its Request for Information (RFI) regarding test procedures for commercial prerinse spray valves. DOE published the RFI in the Federal Register on June 5, 2020, establishing a 30-day public comment period that ended on July 6, 2020. On June 25, 2020, DOE received a comment requesting extension of the comment period by 30 days. DOE is reopening the public comment period for submitting comments for an additional 30 days.

  • Frequently Asked Questions on the request for information pertaining to test procedures for Commercial Prerinse Spray Valves.

DOE has published a Federal Register notice requesting information and data through this request for information (“RFI”) to consider whether to amend DOE's test procedures for commercial prerinse spray valves. Specifically, DOE seeks data and information pertinent to whether amended test procedures would (1) more accurately or fully comply with the requirement that the test procedure be reasonably designed to produce test results that measure water use during a representative average use cycle or period of use without being unduly burdensome to conduct, or (2) reduce test burden.

DOE has published a Federal Register notice initiating an early assessment review to determine whether any new or amended standards would satisfy the relevant requirements of EPCA for a new or amended energy conservation standard for commercial prerinse spray valves (CPSV). Specifically, through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether DOE should propose a “no new standard” determination because a more stringent standard: would not result in a significant savings of energy; is not technologically feasible; is not economically justified; or any combination of foregoing. 

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.

Standards

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of proposed determination (NOPD) pertaining to standards for commercial prerinse spray valves. 86FR46330 (August 18, 2021).

DOE has published a Federal Register notice reopening the public comment period for its request for information pertaining to energy conservation standards for commercial prerinse spray valves. 85FR43748 (July 20,2020).

DOE has published a Federal Register notice request for information pertaining to energy conservation standards for commercial prerinse spray valves. 85FR35383 (June 10, 2020).

DOE has published a Federal Register final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for commercial prerinse spray valves. 81 FR 4748 (January 27, 2016).

The commercial prerinse spray valves energy conservation standard rulemaking docket EERE-2014-BT-STD-0027 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

Public Meeting Information:

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

Test Procedure

DOE has published Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedures for commercial prerinse spray valves. 86FR27298 (May 20, 2021).

DOE has published  Federal Register notice reopening the public comment period for its request for information pertaining to test procedures for commercial prerinse spray valves. 85FR44026 (July 21, 2020).

DOE has published a Federal Register notice  request for information pertaining to test procedures for commercial prerinse spray valves. 85FR34541 (June 5, 2020).

DOE has published a Federal Register final rule pertaining to test procedure for commercial prerinse spray valves. 78 FR 62970 (October 23, 2013)

The commercial prerinse spray valves energy conservation standard rulemaking docket EERE-2011-BT-TP-0061 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

Public Meeting Information

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.


Current Standard

Commercial prerinse spray valves manufactured and distributed in commerce, as defined by 42 U.S.C. 6291 (10) and (16), must meet the energy conservation standards specified in the Code of Federal Regulations at 10 CFR 431.266.


Current Test Procedure

To determine that commercial prerinse spray valves that are currently manufactured or distributed into commerce are in compliance with DOE standards, manufacturers must follow the test procedure methods specified at 10 CFR 431.264.


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Compliance

DOE has established regulations on certification, compliance, and enforcement in the CFR at 10 CFR Part 429.  These regulations cover statistical sampling plans, certified ratings, certification reports, record retention, and enforcement.  More information on these regulations is available here.

Exceptions

DOE's Office of Hearings and Appeals has not authorized exception relief for commercial prerinse spray valves.

For information about obtaining exception relief, see 10 CFR part 1003.

Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions

For information on further guidance and answers to Frequently Asked Questions on all covered products, see DOE’s Further Guidance database.

State Exemptions to Federal Pre-emption

DOE has not exempted any state from this energy conservation standard. States may petition DOE to exempt a state regulation from preemption by the Federal energy conservation standard. States may also petition DOE to withdraw such exemptions. For details, see 10 CFR part 430, subpart D.

Contact information

For more information related to this product, please email:
ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ee.doe.gov


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