Court tosses efficiency standard for decorative fireplaces

“We hold DOE’s feet to a not-so-decorative fire.”

From E&E News:

“A federal court today threw out 2011 Department of Energy conservation standards for decorative fireplaces.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a 2-1 ruling, found DOE exceeded its authority when it sought to regulate the fireplaces under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. The court vacated DOE’s definition of a “vented hearth heater” and instructed to the agency to reconsider it.

Writing for the majority, Judge Janice Rogers Brown found the decorative heaters should have been exempted because they do not give off heat.

“We hold DOE’s feet to a not-so-decorative fire,” Brown wrote.

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