Impact of Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention on Commercial Activities Involving “Schedule 1” Chemicals Through Calendar Year 2005, 67661-67662 [05-22159]

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[FR Doc. 05–22185 Filed 11–7–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of Industry and Security [Docket No. 051028278–5278–01] Impact of Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention on Commercial Activities Involving ‘‘Schedule 1’’ Chemicals Through Calendar Year 2005 Bureau of Industry and Security, Commerce. ACTION: Notice of inquiry. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is seeking public comments on the impact that implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention has had on commercial activities involving ‘‘Schedule 1’’ chemicals through calendar year 2005. This notice of inquiry is part of an effort to collect information to assist in the preparation of the annual certification required under Condition 9 of Senate Resolution 75, April 24, 1997, in which the Senate gave its advice and consent to the ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention. DATES: Comments are due December 6, 2005. You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • E-mail: wfisher@bis.doc.gov. Include the phrase ‘‘Schedule 1 Notice of Inquiry’’ in the subject line; • Fax: (202) 482–3355 (Attn: Willard Fisher); • Mail or Hand Delivery/Courier: Willard Fisher, U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, Regulatory Policy Division, ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 67661 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Room 2705, Washington, DC 20230. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions on the Chemical Weapons Convention requirements for ‘‘Schedule 1’’ chemicals, contact Marcia Brisson, Treaty Compliance Division, Office of Nonproliferation and Treaty Compliance, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce, Phone: (703) 605–4400. For questions on the submission of comments, contact Willard Fisher, Regulatory Policy Division, Office of Exporter Services, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce, Phone: (202) 482–2440. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background In providing its advice and consent to the ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (Convention) (S. Res. 75, April 24, 1997), the Senate included several conditions. Condition 9 of Senate Resolution 75, titled ‘‘Protection of Advanced Biotechnology,’’ provides that the President shall certify to the Congress on an annual basis that ‘‘* * * the legitimate commercial activities and interests of chemical, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical firms in the United States are not being significantly harmed by the limitations of the Convention on access to, and production of, those chemicals and toxins listed in Schedule 1 * * *’’. On July 8, 2004, President Bush, by Executive Order 13346, delegated his authority to make the annual certification to the Secretary of Commerce. In the years 2000 through 2004, BIS solicited comments from the public on the commercial impact of the Convention’s Schedule 1 limitations and received no comments. In light of this, the President certified to Congress that firms were not significantly harmed by the Convention’s Schedule 1 limitations. The Bureau of Industry and Security is collecting data to assist in determining the impact, if any, that the implementation of the Convention’s requirements have had on commercial ‘‘Schedule 1’’ activities through calendar year 2005. The Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling, and Use of Chemical Weapons and Their Destruction, commonly called the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), is an international arms control treaty that establishes the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons E:\FR\FM\08NON1.SGM 08NON1 67662 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 215 / Tuesday, November 8, 2005 / Notices (OPCW) to implement the verification provisions of the treaty. The CWC imposes a number of obligations on countries that have ratified the Convention (States Parties), including enactment of legislation to prohibit the production, storage, and use of chemical weapons, and establishment of a National Authority for liaison with the OPCW and other States Parties. The CWC also requires States Parties to implement a comprehensive data declaration and inspection regime to provide transparency and to verify that both the public and private sectors of States Parties are not engaged in activities prohibited under the CWC. ‘‘Schedule 1’’ chemicals are those toxic chemicals and precursors identified in the Convention as posing a high risk to the object and purpose of the Convention. The ‘‘Schedule 1’’ chemicals are set forth in the Convention’s ‘‘Annex on Chemicals,’’ as well as in Supplement No. 1 to part 712 of the Chemical Weapons Convention Regulations (15 CFR 712). The ‘‘Schedule 1’’ provisions of the Convention that affect commercial activities are implemented through part 712 of the Chemical Weapons Convention Regulations and parts 742 and 745 of the Export Administration Regulations, both administered by the Bureau of Industry and Security. These regulations: (1) Prohibit the import of ‘‘Schedule 1’’ chemicals from States not Party to the Convention (15 CFR 712.2(a)); (2) Require annual declarations by certain facilities engaged in the production of ‘‘Schedule 1’’ chemicals in excess of 100 grams aggregate per calendar year (i.e., declared ‘‘Schedule 1’’ facilities) for purposes not prohibited by the Convention (15 CFR 712.3(a)(2) and (a)(3)); (3) Require government approval of ‘‘declared Schedule 1’’ facilities (15 CFR 712.3(e)); (4) Provide that ‘‘declared Schedule 1’’ facilities are subject to initial and routine inspection by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (15 CFR 712.3(d) and 716.1(b)(1)); (5) Require 200 days advance notification of establishment of new ‘‘Schedule 1’’ production facilities producing greater than 100 grams aggregate of ‘‘Schedule 1’’ chemicals per calendar year (15 CFR 712.4); (6) Require advance notification and annual reporting of all imports and exports of ‘‘Schedule 1’’ chemicals to, or from, other States Parties to the Convention (15 CFR 712.5, 742.18(a)(1) and 745.1); and VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:11 Nov 07, 2005 Jkt 208001 (7) Prohibit the export of ‘‘Schedule 1’’ chemicals to States not Party to the Convention (15 CFR 742.18(a)(1) and (b)(1)(ii)). Discussion and Request for Comments In order to assist in determining whether the legitimate commercial activities and interests of chemical, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical firms in the United States are being significantly harmed by the limitations of the Convention on access to, and production of, ‘‘Schedule 1’’ chemicals, BIS is seeking public comments on any effects that implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention has had on commercial activities involving ‘‘Schedule 1’’ chemicals through calendar year 2005. Submission of Comments All comments must be submitted to the address indicated in this notice. The Department requires that all comments be submitted in written form. The Department encourages interested persons who wish to comment to do so at the earliest possible time. The period for submission of comments will close on December 6, 2005. The Department will consider all comments received before the close of the comment period. Comments received after the end of the comment period will be considered if possible, but their consideration cannot be assured. The Department will not accept comments accompanied by a request that a part or all of the material be treated confidentially because of its business proprietary nature or for any other reason. The Department will return such comments and materials to the persons submitting the comments and will not consider them. All comments submitted in response to this notice will be a matter of public record and will be available for public inspection and copying. The Office of Administration, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce, displays public comments on the BIS Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Web site at https://www.bis.doc.gov/foia. This office does not maintain a separate public inspection facility. If you have technical difficulties accessing this Web site, please call BIS’s Office of Administration, at (202) 482–0637, for assistance. Dated: November 2, 2005. Matthew S. Borman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Administration. [FR Doc. 05–22159 Filed 11–7–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–33–P PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration (A–533–502, A–583–008, A–549–502, A–489– 501, A–351–809, A–201–805, A–580–809, A– 583–814) Certain Circular Welded Carbon Steel Pipes and Tubes from India, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey, and Circular Welded Non–Alloy Steel Pipe from Brazil, Republic of Korea, Mexico, and Taiwan; Notice of Final Results of Expedited Five–Year (‘‘Sunset’’) Reviews of Antidumping Duty Orders Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department Commerce. SUMMARY: On July 1, 2005, the Department of Commerce (‘‘the Department’’) initiated the second sunset reviews of the antidumping duty orders on certain circular welded carbon steel pipes and tubes from India, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey, and circular welded non–alloy steel pipe from Brazil, Republic of Korea (‘‘Korea’’), Mexico, and Taiwan, pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (‘‘the Act’’). On the basis of a notice of intent to participate and adequate substantive responses filed on behalf of the domestic interested parties and inadequate response from respondent interested parties, the Department has conducted expedited sunset reviews of these antidumping duty orders. As a result of these sunset reviews, the Department finds that revocation of the antidumping duty orders would likely lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping at the level indicated in the ‘‘Final Results of Review’’ section of this notice. EFFECTIVE DATE: November 8, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dana Mermelstein, Antidumping/ Countervailing Duty Operations, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20230; telephone:(202) 482–1391. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background Pursuant to section 736 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), the Department published in the Federal Register the antidumping duty orders on Certain Circular Welded Carbon Steel Pipes and Tubes from India, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Circular Welded Non–Alloy Steel Pipe from Brazil, Korea, Mexico, and Taiwan. See Antidumping Duty Order; Certain E:\FR\FM\08NON1.SGM 08NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Bureau of Industry and Security

[Docket No. 051028278-5278-01]


Impact of Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention on 
Commercial Activities Involving ``Schedule 1'' Chemicals Through 
Calendar Year 2005

AGENCY: Bureau of Industry and Security, Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of inquiry.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is seeking public 
comments on the impact that implementation of the Chemical Weapons 
Convention has had on commercial activities involving ``Schedule 1'' 
chemicals through calendar year 2005. This notice of inquiry is part of 
an effort to collect information to assist in the preparation of the 
annual certification required under Condition 9 of Senate Resolution 
75, April 24, 1997, in which the Senate gave its advice and consent to 
the ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

DATES: Comments are due December 6, 2005.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     E-mail: wfisher@bis.doc.gov. Include the phrase ``Schedule 
1 Notice of Inquiry'' in the subject line;
     Fax: (202) 482-3355 (Attn: Willard Fisher);
     Mail or Hand Delivery/Courier: Willard Fisher, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, Regulatory 
Policy Division, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Room 2705, 
Washington, DC 20230.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions on the Chemical Weapons 
Convention requirements for ``Schedule 1'' chemicals, contact Marcia 
Brisson, Treaty Compliance Division, Office of Nonproliferation and 
Treaty Compliance, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of 
Commerce, Phone: (703) 605-4400. For questions on the submission of 
comments, contact Willard Fisher, Regulatory Policy Division, Office of 
Exporter Services, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of 
Commerce, Phone: (202) 482-2440.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    In providing its advice and consent to the ratification of the 
Chemical Weapons Convention (Convention) (S. Res. 75, April 24, 1997), 
the Senate included several conditions. Condition 9 of Senate 
Resolution 75, titled ``Protection of Advanced Biotechnology,'' 
provides that the President shall certify to the Congress on an annual 
basis that ``* * * the legitimate commercial activities and interests 
of chemical, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical firms in the United 
States are not being significantly harmed by the limitations of the 
Convention on access to, and production of, those chemicals and toxins 
listed in Schedule 1 * * *''. On July 8, 2004, President Bush, by 
Executive Order 13346, delegated his authority to make the annual 
certification to the Secretary of Commerce.
    In the years 2000 through 2004, BIS solicited comments from the 
public on the commercial impact of the Convention's Schedule 1 
limitations and received no comments. In light of this, the President 
certified to Congress that firms were not significantly harmed by the 
Convention's Schedule 1 limitations. The Bureau of Industry and 
Security is collecting data to assist in determining the impact, if 
any, that the implementation of the Convention's requirements have had 
on commercial ``Schedule 1'' activities through calendar year 2005.
    The Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, 
Stockpiling, and Use of Chemical Weapons and Their Destruction, 
commonly called the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), is an 
international arms control treaty that establishes the Organization for 
the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

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(OPCW) to implement the verification provisions of the treaty. The CWC 
imposes a number of obligations on countries that have ratified the 
Convention (States Parties), including enactment of legislation to 
prohibit the production, storage, and use of chemical weapons, and 
establishment of a National Authority for liaison with the OPCW and 
other States Parties. The CWC also requires States Parties to implement 
a comprehensive data declaration and inspection regime to provide 
transparency and to verify that both the public and private sectors of 
States Parties are not engaged in activities prohibited under the CWC.
    ``Schedule 1'' chemicals are those toxic chemicals and precursors 
identified in the Convention as posing a high risk to the object and 
purpose of the Convention. The ``Schedule 1'' chemicals are set forth 
in the Convention's ``Annex on Chemicals,'' as well as in Supplement 
No. 1 to part 712 of the Chemical Weapons Convention Regulations (15 
CFR 712).
    The ``Schedule 1'' provisions of the Convention that affect 
commercial activities are implemented through part 712 of the Chemical 
Weapons Convention Regulations and parts 742 and 745 of the Export 
Administration Regulations, both administered by the Bureau of Industry 
and Security. These regulations:
    (1) Prohibit the import of ``Schedule 1'' chemicals from States not 
Party to the Convention (15 CFR 712.2(a));
    (2) Require annual declarations by certain facilities engaged in 
the production of ``Schedule 1'' chemicals in excess of 100 grams 
aggregate per calendar year (i.e., declared ``Schedule 1'' facilities) 
for purposes not prohibited by the Convention (15 CFR 712.3(a)(2) and 
(a)(3));
    (3) Require government approval of ``declared Schedule 1'' 
facilities (15 CFR 712.3(e));
    (4) Provide that ``declared Schedule 1'' facilities are subject to 
initial and routine inspection by the Organization for the Prohibition 
of Chemical Weapons (15 CFR 712.3(d) and 716.1(b)(1));
    (5) Require 200 days advance notification of establishment of new 
``Schedule 1'' production facilities producing greater than 100 grams 
aggregate of ``Schedule 1'' chemicals per calendar year (15 CFR 712.4);
    (6) Require advance notification and annual reporting of all 
imports and exports of ``Schedule 1'' chemicals to, or from, other 
States Parties to the Convention (15 CFR 712.5, 742.18(a)(1) and 
745.1); and
    (7) Prohibit the export of ``Schedule 1'' chemicals to States not 
Party to the Convention (15 CFR 742.18(a)(1) and (b)(1)(ii)).

Discussion and Request for Comments

    In order to assist in determining whether the legitimate commercial 
activities and interests of chemical, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical 
firms in the United States are being significantly harmed by the 
limitations of the Convention on access to, and production of, 
``Schedule 1'' chemicals, BIS is seeking public comments on any effects 
that implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention has had on 
commercial activities involving ``Schedule 1'' chemicals through 
calendar year 2005.

Submission of Comments

    All comments must be submitted to the address indicated in this 
notice. The Department requires that all comments be submitted in 
written form.
    The Department encourages interested persons who wish to comment to 
do so at the earliest possible time. The period for submission of 
comments will close on December 6, 2005. The Department will consider 
all comments received before the close of the comment period. Comments 
received after the end of the comment period will be considered if 
possible, but their consideration cannot be assured. The Department 
will not accept comments accompanied by a request that a part or all of 
the material be treated confidentially because of its business 
proprietary nature or for any other reason. The Department will return 
such comments and materials to the persons submitting the comments and 
will not consider them. All comments submitted in response to this 
notice will be a matter of public record and will be available for 
public inspection and copying.
    The Office of Administration, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, displays public comments on the BIS Freedom of 
Information Act (FOIA) Web site at https://www.bis.doc.gov/foia. This 
office does not maintain a separate public inspection facility. If you 
have technical difficulties accessing this Web site, please call BIS's 
Office of Administration, at (202) 482-0637, for assistance.

    Dated: November 2, 2005.
Matthew S. Borman,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Administration.
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