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Trump Dishwasher Rule Officially Thrown Out by Energy Department

Jan. 12, 2022, 9:14 PM

The Biden administration has restored energy efficiency standards for residential dishwashers, residential clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers, finalizing the rollback of a 2020 Trump administration rule that efficiency advocates criticized.

The Energy Department finalized a rule requiring all product models to fall under the federal efficiency standards last updated in 2013, the agency announced Wednesday in a pre-publication notice in the Federal Register.

The Trump rule had created new short-cycle product classes that weren’t subject to any water or energy conservation standards. Those faster models were defined as dishwashers that can wash and dry a load of dishes in ...