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Greens Sue Over Trump Rule Exempting Quick Dishwashers From Efficiency Stds

“A coalition of environmental and consumer groups is suing the Department of Energy after it exempted quick-wash dishwashers from energy efficiency requirements.

The October rule creates a new category of dishwashers, one that lets companies meet less efficient water and energy standards if the machines wash and dry within an hour.

“This was a senseless Trump administration action that hurts consumers and all who’ve benefited from the significant efficiency gains in dishwashers over more than 30 years. It also sets an appalling precedent that the agency could abuse by picking any trivial feature of an appliance and exempting it from all efficiency standards,” Joe Vukovich, energy efficiency advocate at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) said in a release.

The NRDC and Earthjustice filed the suit alongside the Consumer Federation of America and Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants.”

Rebecca Beitsch reports for The Hill December 29, 2020.