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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 29 / Monday, February 13, 2006 / Notices is attached to this notice as Appendix I. Parties can find a complete discussion of all issues raised in this review and the corresponding recommendations in this public memorandum, which is on file in the Central Records Unit in room B–099 of the main Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http://www.ia.ita.doc.gov/ frn/index.html. The paper copy and electronic version of the Decision Memorandum are identical in content. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Final Results of Review In accordance with 19 CFR 351.221(b)(5), we calculated individual subsidy rates for the producer/exporters, Jindal and Polyplex, subject to this review. We determine the net subsidy for Jindal to be 15.07 percent ad valorem, and the net subsidy for Polyplex to be 9.24 percent ad valorem. Assessment and Cash Deposit Instructions We will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to assess countervailing duties as indicated above. The Department will instruct CBP to collect cash deposits of estimated countervailing duties as detailed above, based upon the f.o.b. invoice price on all shipments of the subject merchandise from the producer/ exporters under review, entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of the final results of this administrative review. We will instruct CBP to continue to collect cash deposits for non–reviewed companies at the most recent company– specific or country–wide rate applicable to the company. Accordingly, the cash deposit rates that will be applied to non–reviewed companies covered by this order will be the rate for that company established in the most recently completed administrative proceeding conducted under the URAA. See Notice of Countervailing Duty Order: Polyethylene Terephthalate Film, Sheet, and Strip (PET film) from India, 67 FR 44179 (July 1, 2002). These rates shall apply to all non–reviewed companies until a review of a company assigned this rate is requested. In addition, for the period January 1, 2003, through December 31, 2003, the assessment rates applicable to all non– reviewed companies covered by this order are the cash deposit rates in effect at the time of entry. In the Preliminary Results we determined that Jindal Polyester Limited had changed its name to Jindal Poly Films Limited. We stated that if we found no reason to reverse this decision, VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:38 Feb 10, 2006 Jkt 208001 7535 we would update our instructions to CBP to reflect this name change. No parties commented on this and no other new information or evidence of changed circumstances has been presented to warrant reconsideration of this finding. Thus we plan to issue instructions to CBP to reflect this name change. This notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the disposition of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of return/ destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and the terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation. This administrative review and notice are issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. II. Background Information and Subsidies Valuation Information Dated: February 6, 2006. David M. Spooner, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. VI. State of Himachal Pradesh Appendix I—Issues and Decision Memorandum A. Duty Drawback on Furnace Oil Procured from Domestic Oil Companies 2. Duty Entitlement Passbook Scheme (DEPS) Comment 1: Whether the Advance License Program Provides a Countervailable Subsidy Comment 2: Sales Tax Incentives Comment 3: Whether the Department Should Exclude an IDBI Loan in Calculating the Short–Term Benchmark Comment 4: Whether the Department Should Consider a Certain EPCGS License as a Grant or as an Interest–Free Loan Comment 5: Calculation of the Countervailing Duty Rate Under the Advance License Program Comment 6: Interest Rates Used to Calculate the Countervailing Duty Rate Under the EPCGS Program Comment 7: The Proper Allocation of EPCGS and EOU Benefits Comment 8: Whether the Cash Deposit Rate Should Include the 80 HHC Tax Exemption Countervailing Duty Rate Comment 9: Inclusion of Benefits Received by Non–Producing Units in Calculating Jindal’s EOU Countervailing Duty Rate Comment 10: Calculation of Jindal’s Countervailing Duty Rate Under the EOU Program Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 IV. Analysis of Programs A. Programs Conferring Subsidies 1. Pre–Shipment and Post–Shipment Export Financing 2. Duty Entitlement Passbook Scheme (DEPS) 3. Export Promotion Capital Goods Scheme (EPCGS) 4. Income Tax Exemption Scheme 80 HHC 5. Capital Subsidy 6. Sales Tax Incentives I. State of Uttaranchal/Uttar Pradesh II. State of West Bengal III. State of Gujurat IV. State of Madhya Pradesh V. State of Maharashtra B. Programs Determined to Be Not Used 1. Export Oriented Units Programs not used I. List of Issues PO 00000 III. Subsidies Valuation Information 3. The Sale and Use of Special Import Licenses (SILs) for Quality and SILs for Export Houses, Trading Houses, Star Trading Houses, or Superstar Trading Houses (GOI Program) 4. Exemption of Export Credit from Interest Taxes 5. Loan Guarantees from the GOI 6. Capital Incentive Schemes (SOM and SUP Program) 7. Waiving of Interest on Loan by SICOM Limited (SOM Program) 8. Infrastructure Assistance Schemes (State of Gujarat Program) V. Analysis of Comments [FR Doc. E6–1989 Filed 2–10–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 020706A] Fisheries Off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Application for an Exempted Fishing Permit National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1 7536 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 29 / Monday, February 13, 2006 / Notices rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of exempted fishing permit (EFP) application; announcement of the intent to issue the EFP; request for comments. SUMMARY: NMFS announces the receipt of applications, and the intent to issue EFPs for vessels participating in an observation program to monitor the incidental take of salmon and groundfish in the shore-based component of the Pacific whiting fishery. The EFPs are necessary to allow trawl vessels fishing for Pacific whiting to delay sorting their catch, and thus to retain prohibited species and groundfish in excess of cumulative trip limits, until the point of offloading. These activities are otherwise prohibited by Federal regulations. DATES: Comments must be received by February 28, 2006. The EFPs will be effective no earlier than March 15, 2006, and would expire no later than May 31, 2007, but could be terminated earlier under terms and conditions of the EFPs and other applicable laws. ADDRESSES: Send comments or requests for copies of the EFP applications to Becky Renko, Northwest Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way N.E., Bldg. 1, Seattle, WA 98115 0070 or e-mail 2006WhitingEFP.nwr@noaa.gov. Comments sent via email, including all attachments, must not exceed a 10 megabyte file size. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Becky Renko at (206)526 6110. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This action is authorized by the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act provisions at 50 CFR 600.745, which state that EFPs may be used to authorize fishing activities that would otherwise be prohibited. At the November 2005 Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) meeting in San Diego, California, the Pacific Council received applications for these EFPs from Del Mar Seafoods, Inc. and the States of Washington, Oregon, and California. An opportunity for public testimony was provided during the Pacific Council meeting. The Pacific Council recommended that NMFS issue the EFPs, as requested by Del Mar Seafoods Inc. and the States, and forwarded the EFP applications to NMFS. NMFS is working with Del Mar Seafoods, Inc., the States, and participants who will be fishing under the EFP to resolve funding, retention, and monitoring issues affecting this EFP. Issuance of these EFPs, to about 40 vessels, will continue an ongoing VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:38 Feb 10, 2006 Jkt 208001 program to collect information on the incidental catch of salmon and groundfish in whiting harvests delivered to shore-based processing facilities by domestic trawl vessels. Because whiting flesh deteriorates rapidly once the fish are caught, whiting must be minimally handled and immediately chilled to maintain the flesh quality. As a result, many vessels dump catch directly or near directly into the hold and are unable to effectively sort their catch. The issuance of EFPs will allow vessels to delay sorting of groundfish catch in excess of cumulative trip limits and prohibited species until offloading. These activities are otherwise prohibited by regulation. In 2004 and 2005, NMFS provided electronic monitoring systems to catcher vessels fishing under the whiting EFP as part of a pilot study to evaluate if these systems would be useful tools to verify retention and/or document discard at sea. Based on the results from the 2004 and 2005 pilot studies, electronic monitoring systems may be useful tools to monitor retention and discard at sea. NMFS will continue to evaluate the usefulness of electronic monitoring tools during the 2006 whiting EFP and once again intends to provide electronic monitoring systems to participating vessels. Delaying sorting until offloading will allow samplers located at the processing facilities to collect incidental catch data for total catch estimates and will enable whiting quality to be maintained. Without an EFP, groundfish regulations at 50 CFR 660.306(a)(2) require vessels to sort their prohibited species catch and return them to sea as soon as practicable with minimum injury. Similarly, regulations at 50 CFR 660.306(a)(10) prohibit the retention of groundfish in excess of the published trip limits. In addition to providing information that will be used to monitor the attainment of the shore-based whiting allocation, information gathered through these EFPs is expected to be used in a future rulemaking. In the near future, NMFS is considering implementing, through Federal regulation, a monitoring program for the shore-based Pacific whiting fleet. The Pacific Council recommended using EFPs only until a permanent monitoring program could be developed and implemented. NMFS is developing a preliminary draft Environmental Assessment that includes a range of alternative monitoring systems for the shore-based Pacific whiting fishery. At its June 2004 meeting, the Pacific Council considered a preliminary range of alternatives for a shore-based fishery monitoring program. PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Based on information learned during the 2004 and 2005 EFPs, NMFS is revising that range of alternatives and is tentatively scheduled to present a revised range of alternatives to the Pacific Council at their April 2006 meeting. Provided the Pacific Council adopts the revised range of alternatives for public review in April, the Pacific Council is tentatively expected to make final recommendations to NMFS regarding this monitoring program at its June 2006 meeting. NMFS would then publish a proposed rule, which would include a public comment period, followed by a final rule implementing a monitoring program before the start of the 2007 shore-based primary Pacific whiting season. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: February 7, 2006. Alan D. Risenhoover, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–1916 Filed 2–10–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 020206A] Incidental Take of Marine Mammals; Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to Missile Launch Operations from San Nicolas Island, CA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of issuance of a letter of authorization. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as amended, notification is hereby given that a letter of authorization (LOA) to take 3 species of marine mammals incidental to missile launch operations from San Nicolas Island, CA (SNI) has been issued to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWC-WD), Point Mugu, CA. DATES: This authorization is effective from February 3, 2006, through February 2, 2007. ADDRESSES: The application and LOA are available for review in the Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 EastWest Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kenneth Hollingshead or Layne Bolen, NMFS, (301) 713–2289. E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1

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[Notices]
[Pages 7535-7536]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 020706A]


Fisheries Off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; 
Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Application for an Exempted Fishing 
Permit

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and

[[Page 7536]]

Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice; receipt of exempted fishing permit (EFP) application; 
announcement of the intent to issue the EFP; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces the receipt of applications, and the intent to 
issue EFPs for vessels participating in an observation program to 
monitor the incidental take of salmon and groundfish in the shore-based 
component of the Pacific whiting fishery. The EFPs are necessary to 
allow trawl vessels fishing for Pacific whiting to delay sorting their 
catch, and thus to retain prohibited species and groundfish in excess 
of cumulative trip limits, until the point of offloading. These 
activities are otherwise prohibited by Federal regulations.

DATES: Comments must be received by February 28, 2006. The EFPs will be 
effective no earlier than March 15, 2006, and would expire no later 
than May 31, 2007, but could be terminated earlier under terms and 
conditions of the EFPs and other applicable laws.

ADDRESSES: Send comments or requests for copies of the EFP applications 
to Becky Renko, Northwest Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way N.E., Bldg. 
1, Seattle, WA 98115 0070 or e-mail 2006WhitingEFP.nwr@noaa.gov. 
Comments sent via email, including all attachments, must not exceed a 
10 megabyte file size.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Becky Renko at (206)526 6110.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This action is authorized by the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act provisions at 50 CFR 
600.745, which state that EFPs may be used to authorize fishing 
activities that would otherwise be prohibited. At the November 2005 
Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) meeting in San 
Diego, California, the Pacific Council received applications for these 
EFPs from Del Mar Seafoods, Inc. and the States of Washington, Oregon, 
and California. An opportunity for public testimony was provided during 
the Pacific Council meeting. The Pacific Council recommended that NMFS 
issue the EFPs, as requested by Del Mar Seafoods Inc. and the States, 
and forwarded the EFP applications to NMFS. NMFS is working with Del 
Mar Seafoods, Inc., the States, and participants who will be fishing 
under the EFP to resolve funding, retention, and monitoring issues 
affecting this EFP.
    Issuance of these EFPs, to about 40 vessels, will continue an 
ongoing program to collect information on the incidental catch of 
salmon and groundfish in whiting harvests delivered to shore-based 
processing facilities by domestic trawl vessels. Because whiting flesh 
deteriorates rapidly once the fish are caught, whiting must be 
minimally handled and immediately chilled to maintain the flesh 
quality. As a result, many vessels dump catch directly or near directly 
into the hold and are unable to effectively sort their catch.
    The issuance of EFPs will allow vessels to delay sorting of 
groundfish catch in excess of cumulative trip limits and prohibited 
species until offloading. These activities are otherwise prohibited by 
regulation. In 2004 and 2005, NMFS provided electronic monitoring 
systems to catcher vessels fishing under the whiting EFP as part of a 
pilot study to evaluate if these systems would be useful tools to 
verify retention and/or document discard at sea. Based on the results 
from the 2004 and 2005 pilot studies, electronic monitoring systems may 
be useful tools to monitor retention and discard at sea. NMFS will 
continue to evaluate the usefulness of electronic monitoring tools 
during the 2006 whiting EFP and once again intends to provide 
electronic monitoring systems to participating vessels.
    Delaying sorting until offloading will allow samplers located at 
the processing facilities to collect incidental catch data for total 
catch estimates and will enable whiting quality to be maintained. 
Without an EFP, groundfish regulations at 50 CFR 660.306(a)(2) require 
vessels to sort their prohibited species catch and return them to sea 
as soon as practicable with minimum injury. Similarly, regulations at 
50 CFR 660.306(a)(10) prohibit the retention of groundfish in excess of 
the published trip limits.
    In addition to providing information that will be used to monitor 
the attainment of the shore-based whiting allocation, information 
gathered through these EFPs is expected to be used in a future 
rulemaking. In the near future, NMFS is considering implementing, 
through Federal regulation, a monitoring program for the shore-based 
Pacific whiting fleet. The Pacific Council recommended using EFPs only 
until a permanent monitoring program could be developed and 
implemented. NMFS is developing a preliminary draft Environmental 
Assessment that includes a range of alternative monitoring systems for 
the shore-based Pacific whiting fishery. At its June 2004 meeting, the 
Pacific Council considered a preliminary range of alternatives for a 
shore-based fishery monitoring program. Based on information learned 
during the 2004 and 2005 EFPs, NMFS is revising that range of 
alternatives and is tentatively scheduled to present a revised range of 
alternatives to the Pacific Council at their April 2006 meeting. 
Provided the Pacific Council adopts the revised range of alternatives 
for public review in April, the Pacific Council is tentatively expected 
to make final recommendations to NMFS regarding this monitoring program 
at its June 2006 meeting. NMFS would then publish a proposed rule, 
which would include a public comment period, followed by a final rule 
implementing a monitoring program before the start of the 2007 shore-
based primary Pacific whiting season.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: February 7, 2006.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E6-1916 Filed 2-10-06; 8:45 am]
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