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DOE/EE RIN: 1904-AE85 Publication ID: Spring 2021 
Title: Showerhead Definition Rule 

On December 16, 2020, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule amending the definition of the term showerhead and establishing definitions for body sprays and safety showerheads.  In this final rule, DOE revised the definition of the term showerhead to be consistent with the definition of showerhead in the most recent standard developed by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, such that each showerhead in a product containing multiple showerheads would be considered separately for the purpose of compliance with the 2.5 gallons per minute water conversation standard for showerheads. DOE is reviewing this final rule as required by E.O. 13990, Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis, 86 FR 7037 (January 25, 2021). Following its review, DOE will issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to propose any necessary amendments to the definitions of the terms showerhead, body spray, and safety showerhead.

Agency: Department of Energy(DOE)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 430.2    10 CFR 430.3    10 CFR 430, App. S to subpart B     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6291 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/13/2020  85 FR 49284   
NPRM Comment Period Extended; and Notice of Public Meeting/Webinar (09/03/2020)  08/31/2020  85 FR 53707   
NPRM Comment Period Extended End  09/30/2020 
NPRM Comment Period Extended  09/30/2020  85 FR 61653   
NPRM Comment Period Extended End  10/14/2020 
Final Action  12/16/2020  85 FR 81341   
Final Action; Correction   01/08/2021  86 FR 1253   
Final Action Effective  01/15/2021 
NPRM  07/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Amelia Whiting
Attorney Advisor
Department of Energy
Office of General Counsel
1000 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20585
Phone:202 586-2588