FR Alert – Covering:12/13/2019

Todays Federal Register

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that Shanghai Wells Hanger Co., Ltd. and Hong Kong Wells Ltd. (collectively, Shanghai Wells) has failed to demonstrate its eligibility for separate rate status during the period of review (POR); thus, Shanghai Wells will be considered part of the China-wide entity. We invite all interested parties to comment on these preliminary results. DATES: Applicable December 13, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jasun Moy or Viet Le, AD/CVD Operations, Office V, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-8194, or (202) 482-0621, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On December 11, 2018, Commerce initiated an administrative review of the antidumping duty order \1\ on steel wire garment hangers (hangers) from the People’s Republic of China (China) in accordance with section 751(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act) with respect to four companies: Hangzhou Qingqing Mechanical Co., Ltd.
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is simultaneously initiating and issuing the preliminary results of a changed circumstances review (CCR) of [[Page 68119]] the antidumping duty order on truck and bus tires from the People’s Republic of China (China) to determine whether Sailun Group Co., Ltd. (Sailun Group) is the successor-in-interest to Sailun Jinyu Group Co., Ltd. (Sailun Jinyu), and whether Sailun (Shenyang) Tire Co., Ltd. (Sailun Shenyang), is the successor-in-interest to Shenyang Peace Radial Tyre Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Shenyang Peace). Based on the information on the record, we preliminarily determine that Sailun Group is the successor-in-interest to Sailun Jinyu and that Sailun Shenyang is the successor-in-interest to Shenyang Peace for purposes of determining antidumping duty liability. We invite interested parties to comment on these preliminary results. DATES: Applicable December 13, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lochard Philozin, AD/CVD Operations, Office I, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-4260.
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is correcting the preliminary determination of sales at less than fair value (LTFV) for ceramic tile from the People’s Republic of China (China). The period of investigation is October 1, 2018, through March 31, 2019. DATES: Applicable December 13, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heather Lui or Paul Walker, AD/CVD Operations, Office VI, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-0016 or (202) 482-0413, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On November 14, 2019, Commerce published the preliminary determination of sales at LTFV for ceramic tile from China.\1\ In the Preliminary Determination, Commerce inadvertently omitted certain separate rate companies and their corresponding producers from the margin chart. Commerce also is correcting spelling errors for two additional separate rate companies. ————————————————————————— \1\ See Ceramic Tile from the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Preliminary Negative Critical Circumstances Determination, and Postponement of Final Determination, 84 FR 61877 (November 14,
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) finds that sales of certain carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length plate (CTL plate) from Austria were made at less than normal value during the period of review (POR) November 14, 2016 through April 30, 2018. DATES: Applicable December 13, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Preston N. Cox, AD/CVD Operations, Office VI, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-5041. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background This review covers voestalpine Bohler Edelstahl GmbH & Co KG (vaBEG) and voestalpine Bohler Bleche GmbH & Co KG (vaBBG) (affiliated producers/exporters of the subject merchandise) and their non-exporting affiliates, voestalpine High Performance Metals International GmbH (vaHPMI), voestalpine Grobblech GmbH (Grobblech), and voestalpine Steel & Service Center GmbH (SSC) (collectively, voestalpine).\1\ Commerce published the Preliminary Results on June 13, 2019 and invited interested parties to comment.\2\ On July 17, 2019, Commerce received a case brief from voestalpine.\3\ On July 24, 2019, Commerce received a
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) has completed its administrative review of the countervailing duty (CVD) order on oil country tubular goods (OCTG) from the Republic of Turkey (Turkey). We determine that Borusan Mannesmann Boru Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S., Borusan Istikbal Ticaret T.A. S., Borusan Mannesmann Boru Yatirim Holding A.S., and Borusan Holding A.S., (collectively, Borusan), received countervailable subsidies during the period of review (POR), January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. DATES: Applicable December 13, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Aimee Phelan, AD/CVD Operations, Office I, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-0697. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On August 12, 2019, Commerce published the Preliminary Results of this CVD administrative review in the Federal Register.\1\ We invited interested parties to comment on the Preliminary Results. In September 2019, we received timely filed case and rebuttal briefs from the United States Steel Corporation, TMK IPSCO, Vallourec Star, L.P., and Welded
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is amending the final results of the countervailing duty (CVD) administrative review of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not assembled into modules (solar cells), from the People’s Republic of China (China) to correct two ministerial errors. The period of review (POR) is January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. DATES: Applicable December 13, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gene H. Calvert, AD/CVD Operations, Office VII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482-3586. Background In accordance with section 751(a)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.221(b)(5), on August 28, 2019, Commerce published its final results in the administrative review of the CVD order on solar cells from China covering the POR.\1\ On September 9, 2019, Jinko Solar Co., Ltd, a mandatory respondent in this administrative review, timely submitted ministerial error allegations concerning the Final Results.\2\ No other parties submitted ministerial error allegations or commented on Jinko Solar’s allegations. Complaints were filed with the U.S. Court of International Trade (the Court) 
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: This document announces receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver from GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Co. LTD. (“Midea”), which seeks an exemption from the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) test procedure when determining the efficiency of listed room air conditioner basic models. Midea seeks to use an alternate test procedure to address issues involved in testing the basic models listed in its petition. According to Midea, the current DOE test procedure for room air conditioners, which provides for testing at full-load performance only, does not take into account the benefits of room air conditioners that use variable-speed compressors (“variable-speed room air conditioners”), with their part-load performance characteristics, and misrepresents their actual energy consumption. Midea requests that DOE permit Midea to test the basic models listed in its petition using the alternate test procedure in the interim waiver granted to LG Electronics USA, Inc. (“LG”) on June 29, 2018, which requires testing units at four rating conditions instead of a single rating condition and calculating each test unit’s weighted- average combined energy efficiency ratio (“CEER”), which is compared to the expected performance of a theoretical comparable single-speed room air conditioner across the same four rating conditions. The me
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: On November 15, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) published a request for information (“RFI”) to solicit information from the public to help DOE determine whether amended standards for consumer refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers would result in a significant amount of additional energy savings and whether those standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified. The November 15, 2019 RFI also stated that public comments will be accepted until December 30, 2019. On November 21, 2019, the DOE received a request from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) to extend the public comment period by 60 days. DOE has reviewed this request and will be granting a 45 day extinction of the public comment period to allow public comments to be summited until February 13, 2020. DATES: The comment period for the RFI published on November 15, 2019 (84 FR 62470), is extended. DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this request for information received no later than February 13, 2020. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Alternatively, interested persons may submit comments, identified by docket number EERE-2017-BT- STD-0
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork [[Page 68182]] Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). The information collection is published in the Federal Register to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments are encouraged and must be submitted (no later than February 11, 2020) to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice must include the OMB Control Number 1651-0027 in the subject line and the agency name. To avoid duplicate submissions, please use only one of the following methods to submit comments: (1) Email. Submit comments to: CBP_PRA@cbp.dhs.gov. (2) Mail. Submit written comments to CBP Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Trade, Regulations and Rulings, Economic Impact Analysis Branch, 90 K Street NE, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20229-1177. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional PRA information should be directed to Seth Renkema, Chief, Economic Impact
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). The information collection is published in the Federal Register to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments are encouraged and must be [[Page 68181]] submitted (no later than February 11, 2020) to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice must include the OMB Control Number 1651-0098 in the subject line and the agency name. To avoid duplicate submissions, please use only one of the following methods to submit comments: (1) Email. Submit comments to: CBP_PRA@cbp.dhs. gov. (2) Mail. Submit written comments to CBP Paperwork Reduction Act Officer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Trade, Regulations and Rulings, Economic Impact Analysis Branch, 90 K Street NE, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20229-1177. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional PRA
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: This action proposes corrections and updates to regulations for source testing of emissions under various rules. This proposed rule includes corrections to inaccurate testing provisions, updates to outdated procedures, and approved alternative procedures that provide testers enhanced flexibility. The revisions will improve the quality of data but will not impose new substantive requirements on source owners or operators. DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 11, 2020. Public Hearing: If a public hearing is requested by December 18, 2019, then we will hold a public hearing. If a public hearing is requested, then additional details about the public hearing will be provided in a separate Federal Register notice and on our website at https://www3.epa.gov/ttn/emc/methods. To request or attend a hearing, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ- OAR-2018-0815 by one of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov (our preferred method). Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Email: a-and-r docket@epa.gov. Include docket ID No. EPA- HQ-OAR-2018-0815 in the subject line of the message. Fax: (202) 566-9744. Mail: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Dock
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INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of utility scale wind towers (wind towers) from Canada. The period of investigation is January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. DATES: Applicable December 13, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tyler Weinhold, Moses Song, and Yasmin Bordas, AD/CVD Operations, Office VI, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482- 1121, (202) 482-7885, and (202) 482-3813, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background This preliminary determination is made in accordance with section 703(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Commerce published the notice of initiation of this investigation on August 6, 2019.\1\ On September 13, 2019, in accordance with section 703(c)(1)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(b)(2), Commerce published its postponement of the deadline for the preliminary determination of the
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: Based on affirmative final determinations by the Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the International Trade Commission (ITC), Commerce is issuing the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on vertical metal file cabinets (file cabinets) from the People’s Republic of China (China). DATES: Applicable December 13, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathryn Wallace at (202) 482-6251, AD/ CVD Operations, Office VII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background In accordance with sections 705(d) and 735(d) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), on October 25, 2019, Commerce published its affirmative final determination of sales at less-than-fair-value (LTFV) \1\ and its affirmative final determination that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of file cabinets from China.\2\ —————————————————————————
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of utility scale wind towers (wind towers) from Indonesia. The period of investigation is January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. DATES: Applicable December 13, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alex Wood or Andrew Medley, AD/CVD Operations, Office II, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-1959 or (202) 482-4987, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background This preliminary determination is made in accordance with section 703(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Commerce published the notice of initiation of this investigation on August 6, 2019.\1\ On September 13, 2019, in accordance with section 703(c)(1)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(b)(2), Commerce published its postponement of the deadline for the preliminary determination of this
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Agency Notice
[Notices] [Page 68191] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2019-26863] ======================================================================= ———————————————————————– INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation Nos. 701-TA-610 and 731-TA-1425-1426 (Final)] Refillable Stainless Steel Kegs From China and Germany Determinations On the basis of the record \1\ developed in the subject investigations, the United States International Trade Commission (“Commission”) determines, pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 (“the Act”), that an industry in the United States is materially retarded by reason of imports of refillable stainless steel kegs from China and Germany, provided for in subheadings 7310.10 and 7310.29 of the 
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: Based on affirmative final determinations by the Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the International Trade Commission (ITC), Commerce is issuing an antidumping duty order on carbon and alloy steel threaded rod from Thailand. DATES: Applicable December 13, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Emily Halle or Robert Scully, AD/CVD Operations, Office V, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, telephone: (202) 482-0176 or (202) 482-0572, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background In accordance with sections 735(d) and 777(i)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.210(c), on October 21, 2019, Commerce published its affirmative final determination in the less-than-fair-value (LTFV) investigation, including its affirmative determination of critical circumstances, with respect to imports of carbon and alloy steel threaded rod from Thailand.\1\ On December 5, 2019, the ITC notified Commerce of its final determination pursuant to section 735(b)(1)(A)(i) of the Act that an industry in the United
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that certain quartz surface products (quartz surface products) from India are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation is April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. DATES: Applicable December 13, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charles Doss or Jean Valdez, AD/CVD Operations, Office III, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-4474 or (202) 482-3855, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background This preliminary determination is made in accordance with section 733(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Commerce published the notice of initiation of this investigation on June 3, 2019.\1\ On October 1, 2019, Commerce postponed the preliminary determination of this investigation and the revised deadline is now December 4, 2019.\2\ For a complete description of the events that
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that certain quartz surface products (quartz surface products) from the Republic of Turkey (Turkey) are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation is April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. DATES: Applicable December 13, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurel LaCivita or Kyle Clahane AD/CVD Operations, Office III, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-4243 or (202) 482-5449, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background This preliminary determination is made in accordance with section 733(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Commerce published the notice of initiation of this investigation on June 3, 2019.\1\ On October 1, 2019, Commerce postponed the preliminary determination of this investigation and the revised deadline is now December 4, 2019.\2\ For a complete description of the events that
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of utility scale wind towers (wind towers) from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnam). The period of investigation is January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. DATES: Applicable December 13, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Davina Friedmann, Paul Walker, or Julie Geiger, AD/CVD Operations, Office VI, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482- 0698; (202) 482-0413; or (202) 482-2057, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background This preliminary determination is made in accordance with section 703(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Commerce published the notice of initiation of this investigation on August 6, 2019.\1\ On September 13, 2019, in accordance with section 703(c)(1)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(b)(2), Commerce published its postponement of the deadline for the preliminary determination of the
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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: In December 2016, the U.S. Trade Representative initiated a proceeding to reinstate action against the European Union (EU) in order to exercise the WTO authorization to suspend concessions in connection with the dispute EC-Measures Concerning Meat and Meat Products. In light of successful negotiations with the EU to resolve U.S. concerns with the operation of the U.S.-EU Beef MOU, the U.S. Trade Representative has determined to conclude the proceeding with a determination not to reinstate action. DATES: The proceeding is terminated effective January 1, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Roger Wentzel, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs at (202) 395-6127, David Weiner, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Europe at (202) 395-9679, or Amanda Blunt, Assistant General Counsel at (202) 395-9579. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Background For background prior to December 2016, please see the notice initiating this proceeding (81 FR 95724). On December 9, 2016, representatives of the U.S. beef industry requested that the U.S. Trade Representative reinstate action against the EU pursuant to Section 306(c) of the 1974 Trade Act, as amended (Trade Act) (19 U.S.C.
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