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Federal Register Highlights – 3/17/16

March 17, 2016

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for March 17, 2016:

PROPOSED RULE: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to amend the test procedure and applicable definitions for commercial packaged boilers, as well as modify the sampling plans for commercial packaged boilers in its regulations pertaining to energy efficiency programs for certain programs for commercial and industrial equipment. This rulemaking will fulfill DOE’s statutory obligations to make its test procedure consistent with the applicable industry test procedure and to review its test procedures for covered equipment at least once every seven years. In this notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR), DOE proposes to incorporate by reference certain sections of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) Standard 1500, ‘‘2015 Standard for Performance Rating of Commercial Space Heating Boilers,’’ and, in addition, incorporate amendments that clarify the coverage for field-constructed commercial packaged boilers and the applicability of DOE’s test procedure and standards for this category of commercial packaged boilers, provide an optional field test for commercial packaged boilers with fuel input rate greater than 5,000,000 Btu/h, provide a conversion method to calculate thermal efficiency based on combustion efficiency testing for steam commercial packaged boilers with fuel input rate greater than 5,000,000 Btu/h, modify the inlet and outlet water temperatures during tests of hot water commercial packaged boilers, establish limits on the ambient temperature and relative humidity conditions during testing, modify setup and instrumentation requirements to remove ambiguity, and standardize terminology and provisions for ‘‘fuel input rate.’’ This NOPR also announces a public meeting to discuss and invite comments, data, and information about the issues and proposed amendments presented in this test procedure rulemaking for commercial packaged boilers. Comments: DOE will accept written comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR before and after the public meeting, but not later than May 31, 2016. See section V, “Public Participation,” for details. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket Number EERE–2014–BT–TP–0006.)

PROPOSED RULE: 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 general service lamps (GSLs). EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to periodically determine whether more-stringent, amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. In this notice, DOE proposes amended energy conservation standards for GSLs, and also announces a public meeting to receive comment on these proposed standards and associated analyses and results. Comments: DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR before and after the public meeting, but no later than May 16, 2016. See section VIII, “Public Participation,” for details. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket Number EERE–2013–BT–STD–0051.)

PROPOSED RULE: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to establish test procedures for certain categories of general service lamps (GSLs) to support the ongoing energy conservation standards rulemaking. Specifically, this rulemaking proposes new test procedures for determining the initial lumen output, input power, lamp efficacy, power factor, and standby mode power of GSLs that are not integrated light emitting diode (LED) lamps, compact florescent lamps (CFLs), or general service incandescent lamps (GSILs). DOE is also proposing clarifying references to the existing lamp test procedures and sampling plans for determining the represented values of integrated LED lamps, CFLs, and GSILs. DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) no later than April 18, 2016. See section V, “Public Participation,” for details. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. EERE–2016–BT–TP–0005.)

RULE: We are superseding airworthiness directive (AD) 2006–23– 17 for certain Turbomeca S.A. Turmo IV A and IV C turboshaft engines. AD 2006–23–17 required repetitive inspections of the centrifugal compressor intake wheel (inducer) blades for cracks and corrosion, replacement of parts that fail inspection, and replacement of the TU 197 standard centrifugal compressor. This AD requires the same inspections, but at revised intervals, adds the replacement of the TU 215 standard centrifugal compressor, and requires replacement of parts that fail inspection. This AD was prompted by a centrifugal compressor inducer blade loss. This AD was also prompted by a Turbomeca S.A. review of the engine service experience and their determination that more frequent borescope inspections (BSIs) are required on engines not modified to the TU 191, TU 197, or TU 224 standard. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the centrifugal compressor inducer, which could lead to an uncontained blade release, damage to the engine, and damage to the airplane. This AD is effective April 21, 2016.

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