GOP looks to chill federal refrigeration regulations again

Under that act, manufacturers must meet certain insulation standards. But under the bill, from Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), manufacturers could be excused from this requirement if they show their coolers and freezers reduce energy consumption "at least as much" as if they met the standards.

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Aderholt's bill is coming up under a suspension of House rules, which means it will require a two-thirds majority vote to pass.

Last week, the House approved language from Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) that would ease the regulatory burden on deli-style display cases. Currently, these display cases are treated as refrigerators for energy-efficiency purposes, but Westmoreland said these cases need to be classified differently because they are used differently.

"There's a lot of glass, which makes it harder to keep the energy efficiency at the same level as a reach-in refrigerator," he said in floor debate. "And if you don't want to reach in and grab your popsicle and just come up with a stick, we need to put this in a totally different classification."

Westmoreland's amendment was approved by voice vote, and is part of the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, H.R. 4480, which the House approved Thursday.

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