FR Alert – Covering:08/19/2019

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that sales of chlorinated isocyanurates (chlorinated isos) from Spain by Ercros S.A. (Ercros) were not sold at less than normal value during the period of review (POR), June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results. DATES: Applicable August 19, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Huston, 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) 482-4261. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On August 10, 2018, Commerce published the notice of initiation of this administrative review of chlorinated isos from Spain covering one company, Ercros.\1\ Commerce exercised its discretion to toll all deadlines affected by the partial federal government closure from December 22, 2018 through the resumption of operations on January 29, 2019.\2\ On April 10, 2019, Commerce extended the deadline of these preliminary results until July 10, 2019,\3\ and on July 8, 2019, extended the preliminary results deadline by an additional 30 days.\4\
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is rescinding the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on carbon steel butt-weld pipe fittings (BWPF) from the People’s Republic of China (China), based on withdrawal of the requests for review. DATES: Applicable August 19, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kabir Archuletta or Hannah Falvey, 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) 482-2593 or (202) 482- 4889, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On July 6, 1992, Commerce published in the Federal Register the antidumping duty order on BWPF from China.\1\ On July 31, 2018, Commerce received separate requests to conduct an administrative review of the Order for Chinese producer/exporter Jinan Mech Piping Technology Co., Ltd. (Jinan Mech) on behalf of Jinan Mech \2\ and for Malaysian producer/exporter Pantech Steel Industries SDN BHD (Pantech) on behalf of Pantech and U.S. importers Silbo Industries, Inc. (Silbo) and Allied Group (Allied).\3\ Based upon these requests, on September 10, 2018,
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that Hyundai Steel Company (Hyundai Steel) and Dongkuk Steel Mill Co., Ltd. (DSM), producers/exporters of certain cut-to-length carbon-quality steel plate (CTL plate) from the Republic of Korea (Korea), received countervailable subsidies that are de minimis during the period of review (POR), January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. DATES: Applicable August 19, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Conniff (for Hyundai Steel) or Jolanta Lawska (for DSM), 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) 482-1009 or (202) 482-8362, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On April 15, 2019, Commerce published the preliminary results of this administrative review.\1\ We invited interested parties to comment on the Preliminary Results. On May 15, 2019, we received a timely filed case brief from Nucor Corporation (the petitioner) and, on May 20, 2019, Hyundai Steel submitted a timely filed rebuttal brief. Commerce conducted this review in accordance with section 751 of the Tariff Act
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that Jungbunzlauer Canada, Inc. (JBL Canada), producer/exporter of citric acid and certain citrate salts, did not sell subject merchandise at prices below normal value (NV) during the period of review (POR) May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018. DATES: Applicable August 19, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph Dowling or George Ayache, AD/ CVD Operations, Office VIII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-1646 or (202) 482-2623, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On July 9, 2019, Commerce published in the Federal Register the Preliminary Results \1\ of the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on citric acid and certain citrate salts from Canada. This review covers one producer/exporter of the subject merchandise, JBL Canada. We invited parties to comment on the Preliminary Results.\2\ No interested party submitted comments.\3\ Further, no party submitted a request for a hearing in the instant review. Commerce conducted this
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is rescinding the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on small diameter graphite electrodes from the People’s Republic of China (China) for the period February 1, 2018, through January 31, 2019, based on the timely withdrawal of the requests for review. DATES: Applicable August 19, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dennis McClure, AD/CVD Operations, Office VIII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-5973. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On February 26, 2009, Commerce published in the Federal Register the antidumping duty order on small diameter graphite electrodes from China.\1\ On February 8, 2019, Commerce published a notice of opportunity to request an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on small diameter graphite electrodes from China for the period of review February 1, 2018, through January 31, 2019.\2\ —————————————————————————
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Agency Notice
[Notices] [Page 42896] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2019-17537] ———————————————————————– DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C-570-113] Certain Collated Steel Staples From the People’s Republic of China: Postponement of Preliminary Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. DATES: Applicable August 19, 2019. 
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that certain companies covered by the administrative review made sales of subject merchandise at prices below normal value. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results. DATES: August 19, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sean Carey, 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) 482-3964. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Commerce is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on chlorinated isocyanurates (chlorinated isos) from the People’s Republic of China (China). The period of review (POR) is June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018.\1\ This administrative review covers two mandatory respondents, Heze Huayi Chemical Co. Ltd. (Heze Huayi) and Juancheng Kangtai Chemical Co. Ltd. (Kangtai). Commerce preliminarily determines that sales of subject merchandise by Heze Huayi and Kangtai have been made at prices below normal value (NV). —————————————————————————
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: This final rule removes the Department of Defense (DoD) regulation that paraphrases existing authorities under the Arms Export Control Act and describes internal procedures for calculating and assessing nonrecurring cost (NC) recoupments, for granting foreign government NC waiver requests, for the types of foreign military sales agreements covered, and for the offices authorized to waive NC recoupment. The corresponding internal procedures will continue to be made publicly available online. DATES: This rule is effective on August 19, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kellie Allison at 703-614-0410. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This removal supports a recommendation from the DoD Regulatory Reform Task Force. This rule was codified on May 24, 2013 (78 FR 31400), and it was never updated. It has been determined that publication of this CFR part removal for public comment is unnecessary since it is based on removing DoD internal procedures and information which paraphrases law. DoD internal guidance on the recoupment of NCs under the Arms Export Control Act, Public Law 90-629, as amended, will continue to be published in DoD’s Financial Management Regulation, Volume 15, Chapter 7 (updated in November 2018), available at https://comptroller.defense.gov/Portals/45/documents/fmr/current/15/15_07.pdf. This rule is not significa
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites public comment on its Request for Information (RFI) number DE-FOA-0002098 regarding Engaging Governors to Advance State Energy Priorities. DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), State Energy Program (SEP) seeks information on organizations who are able to support state officials serving in the executive branch of state government; in particular, Governors and/or their designated energy representative(s). DATES: Responses to the RFI must be received by 5:00 p.m. (ET) on September 18, 2019. ADDRESSES: Interested parties are to submit comments electronically to: GovernorsRFI_DOEWIP@ee.doe.gov. Include Engaging Governors to Advance State Energy Priorities in the subject of the title. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. The complete RFI document is located at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions may be addressed to Greg Dierkers at gregory.dierkers@ee.doe.gov or 202-287-1921. Further instruction can be found in the RFI document posted on EERE Exchange. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, nonprofit organizations, and other organizations that have extensive experience working with the senior state officials, including Governors and/or their des
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: On February 13, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NOPR”) to update and modernize the Process Rule (“Process Rule NOPR”). On July 26, 2019, DOE published a notice of data availability (“NODA”) regarding national energy savings estimates from past DOE energy conservation standards rulemakings that were used in support of the NOPR and requested comments on these data. Prior to the end of the comment period for the NODA, DOE received a request from stakeholders on August 6, 2019, seeking additional time to analyze the NODA’s data and to supplement their comments accordingly. In light of this request, DOE is re-opening the comment period for an additional 21 days and announcing that decision in this document. DATES: The comment period for the NODA published on July 26, 2019 (84 FR 36037), which closed on August 9, 2019, is hereby reopened and extended. Written comments and information will be accepted on or before August 30, 2019. 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-0062, by any of the following methods: 1. Federal eRulemakin
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: This document announces that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has changed the date on which the semi-annual examination for an individual broker’s license will be held in October 2019. DATES: The customs broker’s license examination scheduled for October 2019 will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Randy Mitchell, Director, Commercial Operations, Revenue and Entry, Office of Trade, (202) 325-6532, or brokermanagement@cbp.dhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Section 641 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1641), provides that a person (an individual, corporation, association, or partnership) must hold a valid customs broker’s license and permit in order to transact customs business on behalf of others, sets forth standards for the issuance of brokers’ licenses and permits, and provides for the taking of disciplinary action against brokers that have engaged in specified types of infractions. This section also provides that an examination may be conducted to assess an applicant’s qualifications for a license. The regulations issued under the authority of section 641 are set
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) on January 11, 2019, concerning the state’s Emissions Reduction Market System (ERMS) program for the Chicago ozone nonattainment area (NAA) in Illinois. The revision sunsets the ERMS program and effectively removes from the SIP provisions in 35 Illinois Administrative Code (35 IAC) Part 205, as the ERMS program is no longer effective in providing any additional emissions reductions or environmental benefit. The submittal also includes a demonstration under section 110(l) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) that addresses emission impacts associated with the sunsetting of the program. DATES: Comments must be received on or before September 18, 2019. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-R05- OAR-2019-0032 at http://www.regulations.gov, or via email to blakley.pamela@epa.gov. For comments submitted at Regulations.gov, follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or removed from Regulations.gov. For either manner of submission, EPA may publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information
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INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that refillable stainless steel kegs (kegs) from Mexico are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation (POI) is July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. The final estimated dumping margins of sales at LTFV are shown in the “Final Determination” section of this notice. DATES: Applicable August 19, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Allison Hollander or Minoo Hatten, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-2805 or (202) 482-1690, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On June 4, 2019, Commerce published the Preliminary Determination of this LTFV investigation in which Commerce found that kegs from Mexico were sold at LTFV.\1\ On May 2, 2019, Commerce published the Preliminary Critical Circumstances Determination in which Commerce found that critical circumstances exist for imports of kegs from Mexico.\2\ We invited interested parties to comment on both determinations in the Preliminary Determination. We received no
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Economic Development Administration (“EDA”), U.S. Department of Commerce (“DOC”), is publishing this notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”) to request public comment on proposed updates to the agency’s regulations implementing the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (“TAAF”) provisions of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (“Trade Act”), and the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, as amended (“PWEDA”). The proposed changes to the TAAF program regulations would clarify the process for import-impacted U.S. manufacturing, oil and natural production and service firms to obtain technical assistance–identified in the Trade Act as “adjustment assistance”–through the TAAF program, reorganize the regulations to make them easier to read and understand, incorporate best practices, and bring the regulations into closer alignment with the program’s statutory requirements. The result will be to ease the burden on firms seeking adjustment assistance through the TAAF program and make it easier for Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers (“TAACs”) to work with firms. EDA also proposes the elimination of certain TAAF and PWEDA regulations that are unnecessary or duplicative because they describe requirements already established in other regulations or award documentation. DATES: Written comments on this NPRM mus
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Agency Notice
[Notices] [Pages 42948-42949] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2019-17693] ———————————————————————– INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation Nos. 701-TA-405-406 and 408 and 731-TA-899-901 and 906- 908 (Third Review)] Hot-Rolled Steel Products From China, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Ukraine Determination On the basis of the record \1\ developed in the subject five-year reviews, the United States International Trade Commission (“Commission”) determines, pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 (“the Act”), that revocation of the countervailing duty orders on hot-rolled steel products from India, Indonesia, and Thailand and the antidumping 
[19-17693][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
Summary of Statutory Requirement (This Notice primarily follows the language of the Trade Act. In some places however, changes such as the inclusion of subheadings, a reorganization of language, or “and,” “or,” or other words are added for clarification.) Section 222(a)–Workers of a Primary Firm In order for an affirmative determination to be made for workers of a primary firm and a certification issued regarding eligibility to apply for TAA, the group eligibility requirements under Section 222(a) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 2272(a)) must be met, as follows: (1) The first criterion (set forth in Section 222(a)(1) of the Act, 19 U.S.C. 2272(a)(1)) is that a significant number or proportion of the workers in such workers’ firm (or “such firm”) have become totally or partially separated, or are threatened to become totally or partially separated; AND (2(A) or 2(B) below) (2) The second criterion (set forth in Section 222(a)(2) of the Act, 19 U.S.C. 2272(a)(2)) may be satisfied by either (A) the Increased Imports Path, or (B) the Shift in Production or Services to a Foreign Country Path/Acquisition of Articles or Services from a Foreign Country
[19-17700][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined to review in part a final initial determination (“ID”) issued by the presiding administrative law judge (“ALJ”), finding a violation of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930. The Commission requests briefing from the parties on certain issues under review, as indicated in this notice. The Commission also requests briefing from the parties, interested persons, and government agencies on the issues of remedy, the public interest, and bonding. The Commission has also determined to extend the target date for the completion of the above-captioned investigation to October 21, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Needham, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 708-5468. Copies of non- confidential documents filed in connection with this investigation are or will be available for inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205-2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its internet server (https://www.usitc.gov). The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the C
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined to rescind the limited exclusion order and the cease and desist orders issued in the above-captioned investigation. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cathy Chen, Esq., Office of the General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205-2392. Copies of non- confidential documents filed in connection with this investigation are or will be available for inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205-2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its internet server at https://www.usitc.gov. The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov. Hearing-impaired persons are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal on (202) 205-1810. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commission instituted this investigation on June 1, 2017. 82 FR 25333 (Jun. 1, 2017). The complaint, as amended, was filed by Sony Corporation of Tokyo, Japan; Sony Storage Media Solutions Corporation of Tokyo, Japan; Sony
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Agency Notice
[Notices] [Pages 42956-42960] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2019-17702] ———————————————————————– DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Notice of Determinations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance In accordance with the Section 223 (19 U.S.C. 2273) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2271, et seq.) (“Act”), as amended, the Department of Labor herein presents summaries of determinations regarding eligibility to apply for trade adjustment assistance under Chapter 2 of the Act (“TAA”) for workers by (TA-W) number issued during the period of June 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019. (This Notice primarily follows the language of the Trade Act. In some places however, changes such as the inclusion of subheadings, a reorganization
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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) requests written comments that identify online and physical markets to be considered for inclusion in the 2019 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets (Notorious Markets List). Conducted under the auspices of the Special 301 program, the Notorious Markets List identifies examples of online and physical markets based outside the United States that reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy or trademark counterfeiting. In 2010, USTR began publishing the Notorious Markets List separately from the annual Special 301 Report as an “Out-of-Cycle Review.” DATES: September 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET: Deadline for submission of written comments. October 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET: Deadline for submission of rebuttal comments and other information USTR should consider during the review. ADDRESSES: You should submit written comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments in section III below. For alternatives to online submissions, please contact USTR at Special301@ustr.eop.gov before transmitting a comment and in advance of the relevant deadline. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jacob Ewerdt, Director for Innovation and Intellectual Property, at Special301@ustr.eop.gov or 202-395
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