FR Alert – Covering:01/10/2020

Todays Federal Register

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA or the Act), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment. In addition to specifying a list of covered consumer products and commercial equipment, EPCA contains provisions that enable the Secretary of Energy to classify additional types of consumer products as covered products. On April 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) published a final coverage determination to classify portable air conditioners (ACs) as covered consumer products under the applicable provisions in EPCA. In this final rule, DOE establishes new energy conservation standards for portable ACs. DOE has determined that the energy conservation standards for these products would result in significant conservation of energy, and are technologically feasible and economically justified. DATES: The effective date of this rule is March 10, 2020. Compliance with the standards established for portable ACs in this final rule is required on and after January 10, 2025. ADDRESSES: The docket for this rulemaking, which includes Federal Register notices, public meeting attendee lists and transcripts, comments, and other supporting documents/materials, is available for review at www.regulations.gov. All documents 
[19-26350][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
[Notices] [Pages 1300-1301] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2020-00251] ———————————————————————– DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C-533-892] Forged Steel Fittings From India: Postponement of Preliminary Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce DATES: Applicable January 10, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Caserta, AD/CVD Operations,
[20-00251][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy [[Page 1593]] conservation standards for various consumer equipment and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including commercial packaged boilers (CPBs). EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to periodically review standards. In this final rule, DOE is adopting more-stringent energy conservation standards for certain commercial packaged boilers. DATES: The effective date of this rule is March 10, 2020. Compliance with the amended standards established for commercial packaged boilers in this final rule is required on and after January 10, 2023. ADDRESSES: The docket, which includes Federal Register notices, public, public meeting attendee lists and transcripts, comments, and other supporting documents/materials, is available for review at www.regulations.gov. All documents in the docket are listed in the www.regulations.gov index. However, not all documents listed in the index may be publicly available, such as information that is exempt from public disclosure. The docket web page can be found at www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EERE-2013-BT-STD-0030. The docket web page contains simple instructions on how to access all documents, including public comments, 
[19-26356][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including battery chargers. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to periodically determine whether more-stringent standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. In this final rule, DOE is adopting new energy conservation standards for uninterruptible power supplies, a class of battery chargers. It has determined that the new energy conservation standards for these products would result in significant conservation of energy, and are technologically feasible and economically justified. DATES: The effective date of this rule is March 10, 2020. Compliance with the new standards established for uninterruptible power supplies in this final rule is required on and after January 10, 2022. ADDRESSES: The docket for this rulemaking, which includes Federal Register notices, public meeting attendee lists and transcripts, comments, and other supporting documents/materials, is available for review at www.regulations.gov. All documents in the docket are listed in the www.regulations.gov index. However, not all documents listed in the index may be publicly available, suc
[19-26354][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended (“EPCA”), prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment. EPCA also authorizes DOE to establish standards for certain other types of industrial equipment, including air compressors. Such standards must be technologically feasible and economically justified, and must save a significant amount of energy. In this final rule, DOE is adopting new energy conservation standards for air compressors. It has determined that the adopted energy conservation standards for these products would result in significant conservation of energy, and are technologically feasible and economically justified. DATES: The effective date of this rule is March 10, 2020. Compliance with the new standards established for compressors in this final rule is required on and after January 10, 2025. ADDRESSES: The docket for this rulemaking, which includes Federal Register notices, public meeting attendee lists and transcripts, comments, and other supporting documents/materials, is available for review at www.regulations.gov. All documents in the docket are listed in the www.regulations.gov index. However, not all documents listed in the index may be publicly available, such as information that is exempt from public disclosure. 
[19-26355][Full Article] [PDF]

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: Pursuant to an order from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in the consolidated cases of Natural Resources Defense Council, et al. v. Perry and People of the State of California et al. v. Perry, Case No. 17-cv-03404-VC, as affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the consolidated cases Nos. 18-15380 and 18-15475, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) is publishing elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register four final rule documents that either establish or amend the energy conservation standards for commercial packaged boilers, portable air conditioners, industrial air compressors, and uninterruptible power supplies. DATES: January 10, 2020. ADDRESSES: The docket, which includes Federal Register notices, comments, and other supporting documents/materials, is available for review at http://www.regulations.gov. All documents in the docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index. However, some documents listed in the index, such as those containing information that is exempt from public disclosure, may not be publicly available. Docket: The docket web pages for each of the documents referenced in the summary above are listed in each individual document establishing or amending an energy conservation standard. The docket web page contains simple instructions on ho
[19-26345][Full Article] [PDF]

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Committee is proposing to delete services previously furnished by nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities. DATES: Comments must be received on or before: February 9, 2020. ADDRESSES: Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, 1401 S Clark Street, Suite 715, Arlington, Virginia 22202- 4149. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information or to submit comments contact: Michael R. Jurkowski, Telephone: (703) 603-2117, Fax: (703) 603-0655, or email CMTEFedReg@AbilityOne.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is published pursuant to 41 U.S.C. 8503(a)(2) and 41 CFR 51-2.3. Its purpose is to provide interested persons an opportunity to submit comments on the proposed actions. Deletions The following services are proposed for deletion from the Procurement List: Services
[20-00211][Full Article] [PDF]

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: In this action, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is proposing to update its regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). CEQ has not comprehensively updated its regulations since their promulgation in 1978, more than four decades ago. This proposed rule would modernize and clarify the regulations to facilitate more efficient, effective, and timely NEPA reviews by Federal agencies in connection with proposals for agency action. The proposed amendments would advance the original goals of the CEQ regulations to reduce paperwork and delays, and promote better decisions consistent with the national environmental policy set forth in section 101 of NEPA. If finalized, the proposed rule would comprehensively update and substantially revise the 1978 regulations. CEQ invites comments on the proposed revisions. DATES: CEQ must receive comments by March 10, 2020. CEQ will hold public hearings on the following dates: 1. February 11, 2020, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 8, 1595 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO. 2. February 25, 2020, U.S. Department of the Interior, Yates Auditorium, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC. All attendees or speakers must register in advance. Details concerning the hearings and information on additional outreach may be found at www
[19-28106][Full Article] [PDF]

INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: Based on affirmative final determinations by the Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the International Trade Commission (ITC), Commerce is issuing countervailing duty orders on polyester textured yarn from the People’s Republic of China (China) and India. DATES: Applicable January 10, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Janae Martin (India) or Joseph Dowling (China), AD/CVD Operations, Office VIII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482-0238 or (202) 482-1646, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On November 19, 2019, Commerce published its final determinations in the countervailing duty investigations of polyester textured yarn from China and India.\1\ ————————————————————————— \1\ See Polyester Textured Yarn from the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Final Affirmative Determination of Critical Circumstances, 84 FR 63845 
[20-00245][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
SUMMARY: Based on affirmative final determinations by the Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the International Trade Commission (ITC), Commerce is issuing antidumping duty orders on polyester textured yarn from India and the People’s Republic of China (China). In addition, Commerce is amending its final affirmative determination with respect to India. DATES: Applicable January 10, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kate Johnson (India) or Irene Gorelik (China), AD/CVD Operations, Office VIII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482-4929 or (202) 482-6905, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On November 19, 2019, Commerce published its affirmative final determinations in the less-than-fair-value (LTFV) investigations of polyester textured yarn from India and China.\1\ Also on November 19, 2019, Commerce received ministerial error allegations.\2\ See the “India Amended Final Determination” section for further discussion. On January 3, 2020, the International Trade Commission (ITC) notified
[20-00247][Full Article] [PDF]