Biden admin files lawsuit over dishwasher and washing machine regulations

The Biden administration is facing a lawsuit filed by a think tank challenging the legality of the Department of Energy’s new water limits for home dishwashers and washing machines.

The Institute of Competitive Enterprises filed a lawsuit on Thursday aimed at blocking the new solution of the Department of Energy (DOE). water efficiency regulations for dishwashers and washing machines, and by preventing the agency from issuing new regulations for appliances beyond those that Congress has expressly given it authority to regulate.

“Congress passed legislation regulating water use by certain types of appliances, such as shower heads and toilets, and the Department of Energy ultimately responded by issuing a rule regulating water use by other types of appliances, such as washing machines and dishwashers,” CEI General Counsel Dan Greenberg said FOX Business in an interview.

“They did this by reducing the water consumption of the appliances – they reduced the water consumption of the appliances in every cycle that the dishwashers and washing machines went through,” Greenberg explained. “That’s why in modern dishwashers and modern washing machines you have to run things through two or three times to get everything clean. Water caps that are supposed to save energy actually waste it.”

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CEI files lawsuit to block new Department of Energy water use limits on household washing machines. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images/Getty Images)

The CEI lawsuit notes that on Jan. 8, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that challenged the Biden administration’s legal justification for new water efficiency regulations, holding that the Energy Conservation Act only gave the DOE the authority to regulate water efficiency for certain facilities. .

“It seems clear that the statute gave DOE the authority to regulate energy use by energy-using appliances (such as dishwashers and washing machines) or water use for non-energy consuming devices (such as shower heads, taps, toilet bowls and urinals). “Nothing in this text indicates that Congress has granted DOE the authority to regulate water use in energy-using appliances (such as dishwashers and washing machines),” the court said.


Dishwashers were also included in the latest DOE water efficiency regulations, the subject of the CEI lawsuit. (Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Greenberg said that despite Court judgment in January, the DOE continued to work to refine the regulations.

“It’s a case of a court that told the federal government, ‘You absolutely cannot do this, it’s illegal, you have to stop,’ and it’s also a case of a court that responded, ‘I don’t care, I know you.’ I was told it was illegal, but we will do it as long as we can,” Greenberg added.

“As long as the government continues to break the law, we will sue it.”

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Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has touted water conservation policies as helping lower consumers’ utility bills. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/Getty Images)

The Biden administration touted the rule as promoting savings for American consumers by reducing costs energy billswhile helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Congress requires the Department of Energy to issue energy efficiency standards for a range of devices, and we have successfully met that mandate through close collaboration among industry, manufacturers and consumer groups.” Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm – he said in an April statement.


The Department of Energy published new regulations for washing machines in February, and regulations for dishwashers went into effect in April. (Photo: J. David Ake/Getty Images/Getty Images)

“As a result of DOE’s commitment to quickly update and strengthen device standards, American households will see greater savings on their utility bills – keeping more money in the pockets of working families while reducing our nation’s carbon footprint,” Granholm added.