U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit gives HARDI a chance to state its case to a merits panel.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is giving HARDI the right to be heard in front of a merits panel in regards to the furnace regional standards case. Although the Court has not granted the association’s request to replace the American Public Gas Association (APGA) as petitioner against the Department of Energy (DOE), it is going to consider this request and allow HARDI to make its case. HARDI’s intent is to continue the process APGA started for furnaces for the air conditioning side of the industry.

“We have long believed that this regulation would have a negative impact on the many small businesses in the HVAC industry. The DOE’s abuse of process in establishing the standard is a classic example of why the small business community is frustrated with Washington,” said Jon Melchi, director of Government Affairs, HARDI. “We are pleased that we will have an additional opportunity to state our case and protect our members.”