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Commission approval of Federal Register notice: The Commission has approved the publication of a Federal Register notice seeking comments on several proposed amendments to the Appliance Labeling Rule (16 CFR Part 305). These proposed amendments include a new design for the EnergyGuide label and changes to labeling requirements for heating and cooling equipment. The notice will be published in the Federal Register shortly and is available now on the FTC’s Web site. Section 137 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Pub. L 109-58) requires the Commission to conduct this rulemaking to examine the effectiveness of current energy efficiency labeling requirements for consumer products issued under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. As part of this regulatory review of the Rule, the Commission published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking in November 2005, held a public workshop in May 2006, and conducted consumer research into various alternative designs for the EnergyGuide label.

Those wishing to submit comments should send them to the following address within 75 days of the date the notice is published in the Federal Register, Monday, April 16, 2007: FTC/Office of the Secretary, Room H-135 (Annex A), 600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20580. Comments should refer to “Appliance Labeling Rule Amendments, R511994.” Two complete copies must be included for comments submitted in paper form. Comments also can be submitted electronically using the Web-based form at: Detailed information about the proposed amendments to the Rule can be found in the Federal Register notice.

The Commission vote authorizing the publication of the Federal Register notice in the Federal Register was 5-0. (File No. R511994; staff contact is Hampton Newsome, Bureau Consumer Protection, 202-326-2889.)

Copies of the documents mentioned in this release are available from the FTC’s Web site at and from the FTC’s Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20580. Call toll-free: 1-877-FTC-HELP.


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