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May 6, 2010
Civil Penalty Actions For Certification Violations Resolved

Today, the Department of Energy announced that it had resolved civil penalty actions against four showerhead manufacturers for having violated the Department's water conservation certification regulations.  To resolve these actions  Zoe Industries, Altmans Products LLC, EZ-FLO International, and Watermark Designs Ltd. have now certified that their showerheads meet federal water conservation standards and collectively will pay civil penalties of $165,104.

April 30, 2010
DOE Statement on Savannah River Site Vitrified Waste Concentrations

“The Office of Environmental Management has decided not to move forward at this time with its February decision to direct contractors to start planning for higher concentrations of plutonium in waste canisters at the Savannah River Site. While this may ultimately be a better way to manage and minimize the volume of waste, the Department wants to further review the issues involved before proceeding. No canisters have been filled at the higher concentration level.”

 

April 26, 2010
DOE Opposes Injunction Motion

On April 23, 2010, the Department of Energy opposed the State of Washington’s motion to enjoin the Department's efforts to wind down the Yucca Mountain Program. The Department's filing, made in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, explained that Washington had not demonstrated either a likelihood of success on the merits or irreparable injury. The Department's filing can be found here.

April 21, 2010
DOE Initiates Enforcement Proceedings against Westinghouse and Mitsubishi for Failure to Certify (Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty Issued)

The Office of General Counsel has issued Notices of Proposed Civil Penalty to Westinghouse Lighting Corporation and Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, Inc. for failing to certify that certain of their products meet the applicable energy conservation standards as required by the Energy Policy Conservation Act (EPCA) and DOE regulations. The Notice issued to Westinghouse proposes payments to the government of $350,400 for failure to certify over 71 types of light bulbs.

April 16, 2010
DOE Closes Investigation into Alleged Lighting Efficiency Violations

The U.S. Department of Energy has closed its investigation into the energy efficiency of lighting products manufactured by Habitex Corporation and sold under the Target and Adesso brand names based on test data provided by the companies. The Department requested information from the three companies last month in response to a complaint that these products did not meet the Department’s energy efficiency standards for torchieres.

April 12, 2010
DOE Opens Three Investigations into Alleged Refrigerator Efficiency Violations

The Department of Energy has issued one subpoena and two data requests to three companies in response to allegations that the companies are selling refrigerator-freezers that failed to meet federal energy efficiency standards. Under the subpoena, Arçelik A.S, a Turkish Company is required to submit detailed information about the design, marketing and U.S.

April 12, 2010
DOE Petitions for NRC Review in Yucca Mountain Proceeding

The United States Department of Energy today filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission a petition requesting that the Commission review and reverse an order by the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board which suspended, until it receives guidance from the Court of Appeals, consideration of the Department’s motion to withdraw its pending application to license the Yucca Mountain geologic repository.