Government tightens requirements for EnergyStar program
A recent report faulted the program for not verifying product claims.
Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 10:42 AM
NEW REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must submit lab reports and results to qualify their products for the energy-efficient label. (Photo: ZUMA Press)
The Obama administration is taking steps to strengthen the federal EnergyStar program after a report found the government energy efficiency program vulnerable to fraud and abuse.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that to qualify products for the energy-efficient label, new applicants will be required to submit complete lab reports and results for review. The agency is also ditching an automated approval process.
A report by last month by the General Accountability Office faulted the program for not verifying claims made by manufacturers. The GAO was able to get a bunch of phony products certified, including a gasoline-powered alarm clock.
The EPA and Energy Department will also require all manufacturers by the end of the year to submit test results from an approved, accredited lab.
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