Initiation of Section 302 Investigation and Request for Public Comment: China-Acts, Policies and Practices Affecting Trade and Investment in Green Technology, 64776-64778 [2010-26401]

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[FR Doc. 2010–26380 Filed 10–19–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–10–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE [Docket No. USTR–2010–0028] Initiation of Section 302 Investigation and Request for Public Comment: China—Acts, Policies and Practices Affecting Trade and Investment in Green Technology Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice of initiation of investigation and request for public comment. AGENCY: The United States Trade Representative (‘‘Trade Representative’’) has initiated an investigation under section 302(a) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (‘‘Trade Act’’), with respect to acts, policies, and practices of the People’s Republic of China (China) affecting trade and investment in green technology. The Trade Representative has initiated the investigation in response to a petition filed on September 9, 2010, and the investigation will cover the acts, policies, and practices identified in the petition. The investigation will consider whether these acts, policies, and practices deny U.S. rights or benefits under the GATT 1994, under the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (‘‘SCM Agreement’’), and under China’s Protocol of Accession to the WTO. USTR invites written comments from the public on the matters covered in the investigation. DATES: The Trade Representative initiated this investigation on October 15, 2010. Written comments are due on or before 5 p.m. on November 15, 2010. Any request for a public hearing must be made no later than 5 p.m. on November 1, 2010. ADDRESSES: Non-confidential comments (as explained below) should be submitted electronically via the Internet at www.regulations.gov, docket number USTR–2010–0028. If you are unable to provide submissions by www.regulations.gov, please contact Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395–9483 to arrange for an alternative method of transmission. 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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eric Garfinkel, Chief Counsel for China Trade, (202) 395–3150, Terry McCartin, (202) 395–3900, Deputy Assistant USTR for China Affairs, (202) 395–3900, or Jean Kemp, Director, Steel Trade Policy, (202) 395–5656 for questions concerning the issues in the investigation; William Busis, Deputy Assistant USTR for Monitoring and Enforcement and Chair of the Section 301 Committee, (202) 395–3150, for questions concerning procedures under Section 301; or Gwendolyn Diggs, Staff Assistant to the Section 301 Committee, (202) 395–5830, for questions concerning procedures for filing submissions in response to this notice. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. USW Petition On September 9, 2010, the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, AFL–CIO CLC filed a petition under Section 302 of the Trade Act addressed to China’s acts, policies, and practices affecting trade and investment in green technologies. The text of the petition has been posted on http://www.ustr.gov, under ‘‘Enforcement.’’ The petition defines products of green technology ‘‘as products used to produce renewable energy or reduce the emissions associated with the production and use of energy. These are the products necessary to produce energy from wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, hydro, and nuclear resources, products to enable the production of energy from coal with fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and products that consume less energy or alternative sources of energy, such as energy-efficient vehicles and energyefficient lighting.’’ The petition also covers ‘‘a wide range of upstream inputs to green technology products.’’ The petition alleges that China ‘‘employs a wide range of policies to stimulate and protect its domestic producers of green technology, from wind and solar energy products to advanced batteries and energy-efficient vehicles,’’ enabling China to become the dominant global supplier of a number of green technologies. The petition alleges that China’s acts, policies, and practices in the area of green technology violate China’s WTO commitments under the GATT 1994, under the Subsidies and Countervailing Measures Agreement (‘‘SCM Agreement’’), and under China’s Protocol of Accession to the WTO. E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 202 / Wednesday, October 20, 2010 / Notices These acts, policies, and practices are export restraints such as export duties and export quotas on rare earth minerals, tungsten, and antimony; allegedly prohibited subsidies that are contingent on export performance, or on the use of domestic over imported goods, affecting a variety of products, including wind turbines; discrimination against foreign companies and goods, including with respect to wind and solar power projects; technology transfer as a requirement for approval of foreign investments in China; and domestic subsidy programs that are allegedly causing serious prejudice to U.S. interests, including subsidies supporting renewable energy industries. The petition alleges that the acts, policies, and, practices covered in the petition, in aggregate, have caused the annual U.S. trade deficit with China in green technology goods to increase by more than two billion dollars since China joined the WTO. The petition alleges that U.S. exports to China in the sector have grown only modestly, while U.S. imports from China in the sector are nearly five times higher than they were in 2001. As a result, the petition alleges, China is now the top contributor to the U.S. global trade deficit in the sector. emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES B. Initiation of Investigation The Trade Representative has determined to initiate an investigation under section 302(a) of the Trade Act with respect to the acts, policies, and practices of China identified in the petition. The investigation will consider whether these acts, policies, and practices deny U.S. rights or benefits under the GATT 1994, under the SCM Agreement, and under China’s Protocol of Accession to the WTO. C. Delay of Request for Consultations Section 303(a) of the Trade Act provides that on the date on which an investigation is initiated under section 302, the Trade Representative shall request consultations with the foreign country concerned regarding the issues involved in such investigation. Section 303(b) provides that the Trade Representative, after consulting with the petitioner, may delay for up to 90 days any request for consultations under section 303(a) for the purpose of verifying or improving the petition to ensure an adequate basis for consultation. Because the issues covered in the investigation involve U.S. rights under the WTO Agreement, any consultation request will be made under the WTO Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (DSU), and unless VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:17 Oct 19, 2010 Jkt 223001 consultations result in a mutually acceptable resolution, the Trade Representative will request the establishment of a WTO panel under the DSU. In light of the number and diversity of the acts, policies, and practices covered by the petition, and after consulting with the petitioner, the Trade Representative has decided to delay for up to 90 days the request for consultations with the Government of China for the purpose of verifying and improving the petition. During the period of delay provided for under section 303(b), the Trade Representative will seek information and advice from the petitioner and the appropriate committees established pursuant to section 135 of the Trade Act. The Trade Representative will take account of this information and advice, as well as the public comments submitted in response to this notice, in improving and verifying the petition during the delay period. D. Public Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning the issues covered in this investigation, including with respect to: (i) The acts, policies, and practices of China that are the subject of this investigation; (ii) whether these acts, policies, and practices deny U.S. rights or benefits under the WTO Agreement; and (iii) the amount of burden or restriction on U.S. commerce caused by these acts, policies, and practices. Interested persons may submit public comments electronically to http:// www.regulations.gov, docket number USTR–2010–0028. If you are unable to provide submissions by http:// www.regulations.gov, please contact Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395–9483 to arrange for an alternative method of transmission. Interested persons may request a public hearing on these matters. Any request for a public hearing should be made by no later than 5 p.m. on November 1, 2010. In the event a hearing is to be held, USTR will issue a notice specifying the date of the hearing and the procedures for submitting written testimony. To submit comments via http:// www.regulations.gov, enter docket number USTR–2010–0028 on the home page and click ‘‘Search.’’ The site will provide a search-results page listing all documents associated with this docket. Find a reference to this notice by selecting ‘‘Notice’’ under ‘‘Document Type.’’ Click on the reference to this notice, and then click ‘‘Submit Comment.’’ The http:// PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 64777 www.regulations.gov site provides the option of submitting comments by filling in a ‘‘Type Comment & Upload File’’ field, or by attaching a document. Given the detailed nature of the comments sought by USTR, interested persons are requested to provide their comments in an attached document. If a document is attached, it is sufficient to type ‘‘See attached’’ in the ‘‘Type Comment & Upload File’’ field. A submitter requesting that information contained in a comment be treated as confidential business information must certify that such information is business confidential and would not customarily be released to the public by the submitter. Confidential business information must be clearly designated as such and the submission must be marked ‘‘BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL’’ at the top and bottom of the cover page and each succeeding page. Any comment containing business confidential information must be submitted by fax to Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395–3640. A non-confidential summary of the business confidential information must be submitted to http://www.regulations.gov. The nonconfidential summary will be placed in the docket and open to public inspection. USTR may determine that information or advice contained in a comment submitted, other than business confidential information, is nonetheless confidential. If the submitter believes that information or advice may qualify as such, the submitter— 1. Must clearly so designate the information or advice; 2. Must clearly mark the material as ‘‘SUBMITTED IN CONFIDENCE’’ at the top and bottom of the cover page and each succeeding page; and 3. Must provide a non-confidential summary of the information or advice. Any comment containing confidential information must be submitted by fax to Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395–3640. A non-confidential summary of the confidential information must be submitted to http://www.regulations.gov or by fax. The non-confidential summary will be placed in the docket and open to public inspection. Comments will be placed in the docket and open to public inspection pursuant to 15 CFR 2006.13, except confidential business information exempt from public inspection in accordance with 15 CFR 2006.15 or information determined by USTR to be confidential. Comments open to public inspection may be viewed on http:// E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 64778 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 202 / Wednesday, October 20, 2010 / Notices www.regulations.gov, under Docket No. USTR–2010–0028. William Busis, Chair, Section 301 Committee. [FR Doc. 2010–26401 Filed 10–19–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–W1–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Request for Comments on Negotiating Objectives With Respect to Malaysia’s Participation in the Proposed TransPacific Partnership Trade Agreement Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) AGENCY: Request for comments on negotiating objectives with respect to Malaysia’s participation in the ongoing negotiations of a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, and notice of public hearing. ACTION: The United States intends to commence negotiations with Malaysia as part of the ongoing negotiations of a TPP trade agreement. Including Malaysia in the TPP negotiations furthers the objective of achieving a high-standard, broad-based Asia-Pacific regional agreement. USTR is seeking public comments on all elements related to Malaysia’s participation in the TPP negotiations in order to develop U.S. negotiating positions. SUMMARY: Persons wishing to testify orally at the hearing must provide written notification of their intention, as well as their testimony, by November 10, 2010. A hearing will be held in Washington, DC, on November 19, 2010. Written comments are due by noon, November 22, 2010. DATES: Submissions via on-line: http://www.regulations.gov. For alternatives to on-line submissions please contact Gloria Blue, Executive Secretary, Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC), at (202) 395–3475. ADDRESSES: For procedural questions concerning written comments, please contact Gloria Blue at the above number. Questions regarding the environmental review of the TPP trade agreement should be directed to David Brooks, Environment and Natural Resources Section, USTR, at (202) 395– 7320. All other questions regarding the TPP trade agreement should be directed to David Bisbee, Deputy Assistant USTR for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, at (202) 395–6813. emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:17 Oct 19, 2010 Jkt 223001 1. Background On October 5, 2010, after having consulted with relevant Congressional committees and reached consensus on Malaysia’s participation with the other TPP negotiating partners (Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam), the USTR informed Congress that the President intends to commence negotiations with Malaysia in the context of the ongoing negotiations of the TPP. The objective of this negotiation is to achieve a highstandard, 21st century agreement with a membership and coverage that provides economically significant market access opportunities for America’s workers, farmers, ranchers, service providers, and small businesses. The addition of Malaysia to the initial group of TPP negotiating partners will contribute meaningfully to the achievement of these goals. In addition, under the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2151, 2153), in the case of an agreement such as the proposed TPP trade agreement, the President must (i) afford interested persons an opportunity to present their views regarding any matter relevant to the proposed agreement, (ii) designate an agency or inter-agency committee to hold a public hearing regarding the proposed agreement, and (iii) seek the advice of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) regarding the probable economic effects on U.S. industries and consumers of the removal of tariffs and non-tariff barriers on imports pursuant to the proposed agreement. USTR intends to hold a public hearing on matters related to Malaysia’s participation in the TPP negotiations on November 19, 2010. In addition, USTR has requested the ITC to provide advice to USTR on the probable economic effects of including Malaysia in a TPP agreement. 2. Public Comments To assist USTR as it develops its negotiating objectives for the agreement, the TPSC Chair invites interested parties to submit written comments and/or oral testimony at a public hearing on matters relevant to Malaysia’s participation in the TPP negotiations. Comments and testimony may address the reduction or elimination of tariffs or non-tariff barriers on any articles provided for in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) that are products of Malaysia, any concession that should be sought by the United States, or any other matter relevant to the inclusion of Malaysia in the proposed TPP PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 agreement. The TPSC Chair invites comments on all of these matters and, in particular, seeks comments addressed to: (a) General and product-specific negotiating objectives for Malaysia in the context of this proposed regional agreement. (b) Economic costs and benefits to U.S. producers and consumers of removal of tariffs and removal or reduction in non-tariff barriers on articles traded with Malaysia. (c) Treatment of specific goods (described by HTSUS numbers) under the proposed regional agreement, including comments on— (1) Product-specific import or export interests or barriers, (2) experience with particular measures that should be addressed in the negotiations, and (3) approach to tariff negotiations, including recommended staging and ways to address export priorities and import sensitivities related to Malaysia in the context of this regional agreement. (d) Adequacy of existing customs measures to ensure that qualifying imported goods from TPP countries, including Malaysia, receive preferential treatment, and appropriate rules of origin for goods entering the United States under the proposed regional agreement. (e) Existing sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade imposed by Malaysia that should be addressed in the negotiations. (f) Existing barriers to trade in services between the United States and Malaysia that should be addressed in the negotiations. (g) Relevant electronic commerce issues that should be addressed in the negotiations. (h) Relevant trade-related intellectual property rights issues that should be addressed in the negotiations. (i) Relevant investment issues that should be addressed in the negotiations. (j) Relevant competition-related matters that should be addressed in the negotiations. (k) Relevant government procurement issues that should be addressed in the negotiations. (l) Relevant environmental issues that should be addressed in the negotiations. (m) Relevant labor issues that should be addressed in the negotiations. In addition to the matters described above, USTR is addressing new and emerging issues in this proposed regional agreement. 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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

[Docket No. USTR-2010-0028]


Initiation of Section 302 Investigation and Request for Public 
Comment: China--Acts, Policies and Practices Affecting Trade and 
Investment in Green Technology

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice of initiation of investigation and request for public 
comment.

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SUMMARY: The United States Trade Representative (``Trade 
Representative'') has initiated an investigation under section 302(a) 
of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (``Trade Act''), with respect to 
acts, policies, and practices of the People's Republic of China (China) 
affecting trade and investment in green technology. The Trade 
Representative has initiated the investigation in response to a 
petition filed on September 9, 2010, and the investigation will cover 
the acts, policies, and practices identified in the petition. The 
investigation will consider whether these acts, policies, and practices 
deny U.S. rights or benefits under the GATT 1994, under the Agreement 
on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (``SCM Agreement''), and under 
China's Protocol of Accession to the WTO. USTR invites written comments 
from the public on the matters covered in the investigation.

DATES: The Trade Representative initiated this investigation on October 
15, 2010. Written comments are due on or before 5 p.m. on November 15, 
2010. Any request for a public hearing must be made no later than 5 
p.m. on November 1, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Non-confidential comments (as explained below) should be 
submitted electronically via the Internet at www.regulations.gov, 
docket number USTR-2010-0028. If you are unable to provide submissions 
by www.regulations.gov, please contact Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395-9483 
to arrange for an alternative method of transmission. If (as explained 
below) the comments contain confidential information, the person 
wishing to submit such comments should contact Sandy McKinzy at (202) 
395-9483.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eric Garfinkel, Chief Counsel for 
China Trade, (202) 395-3150, Terry McCartin, (202) 395-3900, Deputy 
Assistant USTR for China Affairs, (202) 395-3900, or Jean Kemp, 
Director, Steel Trade Policy, (202) 395-5656 for questions concerning 
the issues in the investigation; William Busis, Deputy Assistant USTR 
for Monitoring and Enforcement and Chair of the Section 301 Committee, 
(202) 395-3150, for questions concerning procedures under Section 301; 
or Gwendolyn Diggs, Staff Assistant to the Section 301 Committee, (202) 
395-5830, for questions concerning procedures for filing submissions in 
response to this notice.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

A. USW Petition

    On September 9, 2010, the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, 
Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers 
International Union, AFL-CIO CLC filed a petition under Section 302 of 
the Trade Act addressed to China's acts, policies, and practices 
affecting trade and investment in green technologies. The text of the 
petition has been posted on http://www.ustr.gov, under ``Enforcement.''
    The petition defines products of green technology ``as products 
used to produce renewable energy or reduce the emissions associated 
with the production and use of energy. These are the products necessary 
to produce energy from wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, hydro, and 
nuclear resources, products to enable the production of energy from 
coal with fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and products that consume 
less energy or alternative sources of energy, such as energy-efficient 
vehicles and energy-efficient lighting.'' The petition also covers ``a 
wide range of upstream inputs to green technology products.''
    The petition alleges that China ``employs a wide range of policies 
to stimulate and protect its domestic producers of green technology, 
from wind and solar energy products to advanced batteries and energy-
efficient vehicles,'' enabling China to become the dominant global 
supplier of a number of green technologies. The petition alleges that 
China's acts, policies, and practices in the area of green technology 
violate China's WTO commitments under the GATT 1994, under the 
Subsidies and Countervailing Measures Agreement (``SCM Agreement''), 
and under China's Protocol of Accession to the WTO.

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These acts, policies, and practices are export restraints such as 
export duties and export quotas on rare earth minerals, tungsten, and 
antimony; allegedly prohibited subsidies that are contingent on export 
performance, or on the use of domestic over imported goods, affecting a 
variety of products, including wind turbines; discrimination against 
foreign companies and goods, including with respect to wind and solar 
power projects; technology transfer as a requirement for approval of 
foreign investments in China; and domestic subsidy programs that are 
allegedly causing serious prejudice to U.S. interests, including 
subsidies supporting renewable energy industries.
    The petition alleges that the acts, policies, and, practices 
covered in the petition, in aggregate, have caused the annual U.S. 
trade deficit with China in green technology goods to increase by more 
than two billion dollars since China joined the WTO. The petition 
alleges that U.S. exports to China in the sector have grown only 
modestly, while U.S. imports from China in the sector are nearly five 
times higher than they were in 2001. As a result, the petition alleges, 
China is now the top contributor to the U.S. global trade deficit in 
the sector.

B. Initiation of Investigation

    The Trade Representative has determined to initiate an 
investigation under section 302(a) of the Trade Act with respect to the 
acts, policies, and practices of China identified in the petition. The 
investigation will consider whether these acts, policies, and practices 
deny U.S. rights or benefits under the GATT 1994, under the SCM 
Agreement, and under China's Protocol of Accession to the WTO.

C. Delay of Request for Consultations

    Section 303(a) of the Trade Act provides that on the date on which 
an investigation is initiated under section 302, the Trade 
Representative shall request consultations with the foreign country 
concerned regarding the issues involved in such investigation. Section 
303(b) provides that the Trade Representative, after consulting with 
the petitioner, may delay for up to 90 days any request for 
consultations under section 303(a) for the purpose of verifying or 
improving the petition to ensure an adequate basis for consultation. 
Because the issues covered in the investigation involve U.S. rights 
under the WTO Agreement, any consultation request will be made under 
the WTO Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement 
of Disputes (DSU), and unless consultations result in a mutually 
acceptable resolution, the Trade Representative will request the 
establishment of a WTO panel under the DSU.
    In light of the number and diversity of the acts, policies, and 
practices covered by the petition, and after consulting with the 
petitioner, the Trade Representative has decided to delay for up to 90 
days the request for consultations with the Government of China for the 
purpose of verifying and improving the petition. During the period of 
delay provided for under section 303(b), the Trade Representative will 
seek information and advice from the petitioner and the appropriate 
committees established pursuant to section 135 of the Trade Act. The 
Trade Representative will take account of this information and advice, 
as well as the public comments submitted in response to this notice, in 
improving and verifying the petition during the delay period.

D. Public Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written comments 
concerning the issues covered in this investigation, including with 
respect to: (i) The acts, policies, and practices of China that are the 
subject of this investigation; (ii) whether these acts, policies, and 
practices deny U.S. rights or benefits under the WTO Agreement; and 
(iii) the amount of burden or restriction on U.S. commerce caused by 
these acts, policies, and practices.
    Interested persons may submit public comments electronically to 
http://www.regulations.gov, docket number USTR-2010-0028. If you are 
unable to provide submissions by http://www.regulations.gov, please 
contact Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395-9483 to arrange for an alternative 
method of transmission.
    Interested persons may request a public hearing on these matters. 
Any request for a public hearing should be made by no later than 5 p.m. 
on November 1, 2010. In the event a hearing is to be held, USTR will 
issue a notice specifying the date of the hearing and the procedures 
for submitting written testimony.
    To submit comments via http://www.regulations.gov, enter docket 
number USTR-2010-0028 on the home page and click ``Search.'' The site 
will provide a search-results page listing all documents associated 
with this docket. Find a reference to this notice by selecting 
``Notice'' under ``Document Type.'' Click on the reference to this 
notice, and then click ``Submit Comment.'' The http://www.regulations.gov site provides the option of submitting comments by 
filling in a ``Type Comment & Upload File'' field, or by attaching a 
document. Given the detailed nature of the comments sought by USTR, 
interested persons are requested to provide their comments in an 
attached document. If a document is attached, it is sufficient to type 
``See attached'' in the ``Type Comment & Upload File'' field.
    A submitter requesting that information contained in a comment be 
treated as confidential business information must certify that such 
information is business confidential and would not customarily be 
released to the public by the submitter. Confidential business 
information must be clearly designated as such and the submission must 
be marked ``BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL'' at the top and bottom of the cover 
page and each succeeding page. Any comment containing business 
confidential information must be submitted by fax to Sandy McKinzy at 
(202) 395-3640. A non-confidential summary of the business confidential 
information must be submitted to http://www.regulations.gov. The non-
confidential summary will be placed in the docket and open to public 
inspection.
    USTR may determine that information or advice contained in a 
comment submitted, other than business confidential information, is 
nonetheless confidential. If the submitter believes that information or 
advice may qualify as such, the submitter--
    1. Must clearly so designate the information or advice;
    2. Must clearly mark the material as ``SUBMITTED IN CONFIDENCE'' at 
the top and bottom of the cover page and each succeeding page; and
    3. Must provide a non-confidential summary of the information or 
advice.
    Any comment containing confidential information must be submitted 
by fax to Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395-3640. A non-confidential summary 
of the confidential information must be submitted to http://www.regulations.gov or by fax. The non-confidential summary will be 
placed in the docket and open to public inspection.
    Comments will be placed in the docket and open to public inspection 
pursuant to 15 CFR 2006.13, except confidential business information 
exempt from public inspection in accordance with 15 CFR 2006.15 or 
information determined by USTR to be confidential. Comments open to 
public inspection may be viewed on http://

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www.regulations.gov, under Docket No. USTR-2010-0028.

William Busis,
Chair, Section 301 Committee.
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