Attorney General Brnovich: Keep Dishwashers Great – Stop the Regulations

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich is urging the U.S. Department of Energy (Department) not to revoke 2020 rules that improved dishwashers and washing machines for consumers.

The Department wants to roll back the previous administration’s rules for dishwashers and other home appliances. Trump’s 2020 rules created a new class for washing machines with shorter wash times and dishwashers with cycle times of 60 minutes or less.

“A lot of the Biden Administration's policies hit close to home, but this one comes right to your dinner table,” said Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “Revoking these rules will limit consumers' choices and eliminate useful products that can help people with busy lives.”

In 2018, many consumers expressed much support for the two rules the Department now seeks to revoke.

  • Tim Bjorklund demanded on June 15, 2018: “Remove these worthless regulations and let us have products that get the job done quickly.”
  • Laurel Kemper remarked on July 17, 2018: “My dishwasher, purchased in 2016, uses a minimal amount of water to ‘save’ water. But in order to get the dishes mostly clean, I have to use the sanitize cycle, which is 3 hours long. So, less water, but 3 times the electricity and the dishes are still not completely clean, doesn’t seem like a good trade-off.  We need the ‘old’ style dishwashers back, please!”
  • Clinton Beal stated on July 17, 2018: “I am tired of having a dishwasher that takes hours to cycle (the primary reason I turn it on before I go to bed), still requires towel drying of all the cups and glasses in the top rack, and occasionally has small food particles clinging to some of the silverware. My first dishwasher, ca. 1965, ran for approximately an hour, and everything came out clean and dry.”

Copy of AG Brnovich's letter.