The Department of Energy today announced it has now settled two civil penalty actions against companies for violations of DOE regulations requiring that they certify products as compliant with federal efficiency standards. In the first case, DOE cited Perlick Residential & Hospitality Products (Perlick) for failure to certify properly its residential refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers. DOE agreed to accept a civil penalty of $5,000 for the certification violations to settle the case, after considering factors set forth in DOE’s penalty guidance. Perlick also agreed to cease distribution of one refrigerator model, which had failed initial testing as part of the ENERGY STAR Verification Pilot Program. The agreement can be found here.
DOE initiated the second case against Maxlite, SK America, Inc. (Maxlite) for failure to certify properly its general service fluorescent lamps. DOE agreed to accept a civil penalty of $5,000 to settle this matter. Federal law requires that general service fluorescent lamps be certified using test data from a laboratory accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) or by an accrediting organization recognized by NVLAP. Maxlite admitted that its test data for two models of general service fluorescent lamps did not meet this requirement. The agreement can be found here.