Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
In the office of the General Counsel, contact Ms. Elizabeth Kohl, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, 1000 Independence Ave. SW., Room 6A-179, Washington, DC 20585. Telephone: 202-586-7796; Email:
On August 17, 2012, DOE published a notice of availability of a framework document to consider energy conservation standards for dehumidifiers. (77 FR 49739) The notice provided for the submission of comments by September 17, 2012. Commenters stated that the public meeting was scheduled for September 24, 2012, and that the comment period should extend past the public meeting date. DOE has determined that an extension of the public comment period is appropriate for this reason and is hereby extending the comment period. DOE will consider any comments received by October 17, 2012.
Under 10 CFR 1004.11, any person submitting information that he or she believes to be confidential and exempt by law from public disclosure should submit two copies: One copy of the document including all the information believed to be confidential, and one copy of the document with the information believed to be confidential deleted. DOE will make its own determination about the confidential status of the information and treat it according to its determination.
Factors of interest to DOE when evaluating requests to treat submitted information as confidential include (1) A description of the items, (2) whether and why such items are customarily treated as confidential within the industry, (3) whether the information is generally known by or available from other sources, (4) whether the information has previously been made available to others without obligation concerning its confidentiality, (5) an explanation of the competitive injury to the submitting person which would result from public disclosure, (6) when such information might lose its confidential character due to the passage of time, and (7) why disclosure of the information would be contrary to the public interest.