In the Matter of: Peter Gromacki, 88 White Bridge Road, Middletown, NY 10940; Respondent; JEN Fibers, LLC, 88 White Bridge Road, Middletown, NY 109400; Performance Engineered Nonwovens, LLC, 88 White Bridge Road, Middletown, NY 10940; Related Persons, 47898-47899 [2015-19570]

Download as PDF 47898 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 153 / Monday, August 10, 2015 / Notices Miami. The proposed new site is adjacent to the Miami Customs and Border Protection port of entry. In accordance with the Board’s regulations, Camille Evans of the FTZ Staff is designated examiner to evaluate and analyze the facts and information presented in the application and case record and to report findings and recommendations to the Board. Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions shall be addressed to the Board’s Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their receipt is October 9, 2015. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period to October 26, 2015. A copy of the application will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 21013, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230–0002, and in the ‘‘Reading Room’’ section of the Board’s Web site, which is accessible via www.trade.gov/ftz. For further information, contact Camille Evans at Camille.Evans@trade.gov or (202) 482– 2350. Dated: August 4, 2015. Elizabeth Whiteman, Acting Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 2015–19607 Filed 8–7–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of Industry and Security In the Matter of: Peter Gromacki, 88 White Bridge Road, Middletown, NY 10940; Respondent; JEN Fibers, LLC, 88 White Bridge Road, Middletown, NY 109400; Performance Engineered Nonwovens, LLC, 88 White Bridge Road, Middletown, NY 10940; Related Persons tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Order Denying Export Privileges A. Denial of Export Privileges of Peter Gromacki On November 26, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Peter Gromacki (‘‘Gromack’’), was convicted of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701, et seq. (2006 & Supp. IV 2010)) (‘‘IEEPA’’). Specifically, Gromacki unlawfully, willfully and knowingly exported, and caused to be exported from the United States T700 carbon fiber, an item subject to the Export Administration VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:16 Aug 07, 2015 Jkt 235001 Regulations, to China without obtaining the required approval from BIS. Gromacki was sentenced to three months of imprisonment, three years of supervised release, a $300 assessment, and a $5,000.00 criminal fine. Section 766.25 of the Export Administration Regulations (‘‘EAR’’ or ‘‘Regulations’’) 1 provides, in pertinent part, that ‘‘[t]he Director of the Office of Exporter Services, in consultation with the Director of the Office of Export Enforcement, may deny the export privileges of any person who has been convicted of a violation of the EAA, the EAR, of any order, license or authorization issued thereunder; any regulation, license, or order issued under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701– 1706); 18 U.S.C. 793, 794 or 798; section 4(b) of the Internal Security Act of 1950 (50 U.S.C. 783(b)), or section 38 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2778).’’ 15 CFR 766.25(a); see also Section 11(h) of the EAA, 50 U.S.C. app. 2410(h). The denial of export privileges under this provision may be for a period of up to ten (10) years from the date of the conviction. 15 CFR 766.25(d); see also 50 U.S.C. app. 2410(h). In addition, Section 750.8 of the Regulations states that the Bureau of Industry and Security’s Office of Exporter Services may revoke any Bureau of Industry and Security (‘‘BIS’’) licenses previously issued in which the person had an interest in at the time of his conviction. BIS received notice of Gromacki’s conviction for violating the IEEPA, and has provided notice and an opportunity for Gromacki to make a written submission to BIS, as provided in Section 766.25 of the Regulations. BIS received a submission from Gromacki. Based upon my review and consideration of that submission, and consultations with BIS’s Office of Export Enforcement, including its Director, and the facts available to BIS, I have decided to deny Gromacki’s export privileges under the Regulations for a period of ten (10) years from the date of Gromacki’s conviction. I have also decided to revoke all licenses issued pursuant to the Act or 1 The Regulations are currently codified in the Code of Federal Regulations at 15 CFR parts 730– 774 (2015). The Regulations are issued pursuant to the Export Administration Act of 1979 (50 U.S.C. app. 2401–2420 (2000)) (‘‘the EAA’’ or ‘‘the Act’’). Since August 21, 2001, the EAA has been in lapse and the President, through Executive Order 13222 of August 17, 2001 (3 CFR, 2001 Comp. 783 (2002)), which has been extended by successive Presidential Notices, the most recent being that of August 7, 2014 (79 FR 46959 (August 11, 2014)), has continued the Regulations in effect under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701, et seq. (2006 & Supp. IV 2010)). PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Regulations in which Gromacki had an interest at the time of his conviction. B. Denial of Export Privileges of Related Persons JEN Fibers LLC and Performance Engineered Nonwovens, LLC Pursuant to Sections 766.25(h) and 766.23 of the Regulations, the Director of BIS’s Office of Exporter Services, in consultation with the Director of BIS’s Office of Export Enforcement, may, in order to prevent evasion of a denial order, make a denial order applicable not only to the respondent, but also to other persons related to the respondent by ownership, control, position of responsibility, affiliation, or other connection in the conduct of trade or business. As provided in Section 766.23 of the Regulations, BIS gave notice to JEN Fibers, LLC (‘‘JEN Fibers’’) and Performance Engineered Nowovens, LLC (‘‘Performance Engineered’’) that its export privileges under the Regulations could be denied for up to ten (10) years due to its relationship with Gromacki and that BIS believed that naming JEN Fibers and Performance Engineered as persons related to Gromacki would be necessary to prevent evasion of a denial order imposed against Gromacki. In providing such notice, BIS gave JEN Fibers and Performance Engineered an opportunity to oppose their addition to the Gromacki Denial Order as related parties. Having received and reviewed a submission from Gromacki, I have decided, following consideration of that submission and consultations with BIS’s Office of Export Enforcement, including its Director, to include name JEN Fibers and Performance Engineered as Related Persons and make this Denial Order applicable to JEN Fibers and Performance Engineered, thereby denying their export privileges for ten (10) years from the date of Gromacki’s conviction. I have also decided to revoke all licenses issued pursuant to the Act or Regulations in which JEN Fibers and Performance Engineered had an interest at the time of Gromacki’s conviction. The 10-year denial period is scheduled to end on November 26, 2023. Gromacki is the owner of JEN Fibers and Performance Engineered and operates both businesses from his home. Therefore, JEN Fibers and Performance Engineered are related to Gromacki within the meaning of Section 766.23. BIS also has reason to believe that JEN Fibers and Performance Engineered should be added as a related persons in order to prevent evasion of this Denial Order. E:\FR\FM\10AUN1.SGM 10AUN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 153 / Monday, August 10, 2015 / Notices Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED: First, from the date of this Order until November 26, 2023, Peter Gromacki, with a last known address of 88 White Bridge Road, Middletown, NY 10940, and when acting for or on his behalf, his successors, assigns, employees, agents, or representatives, and JEN Fibers LLC and Performance Engineered Nonwovens, LLC, with a last known address of 88 White Bridge Road, Middletown, NY 10940, and when acting for or on their behalf, their successors, assigns, directors, officers, employees, agents, or representatives (each as ‘‘Denied Person’’ and collectively the ‘‘Denied Persons’’) may not, directly or indirectly, participate in any way in any transaction involving any commodity, software or technology (hereinafter collectively referred to as ‘‘item’’) exported or to be exported from the United States that is subject to the Regulations, or in any other activity subject to the Regulations, including but not limited to: A. Applying for, obtaining, or using any license, License Exception, or export control document; B. Carrying on negotiations concerning, or ordering, buying, receiving, using, selling, delivering, storing, disposing of, forwarding, transporting, financing, or otherwise servicing in any way, any transaction involving any item exported or to be exported from the United States that is subject to the Regulations, or in any other activity subject to the Regulations; or C. Benefitting in any way from any transaction involving any item exported or to be exported from the United States that is subject to the Regulations, or in any other activity subject to the Regulations. Second, no person may, directly or indirectly, do any of the following: A. Export or reexport to or on behalf of a Denied Person any item subject to the Regulations; B. Take any action that facilitates the acquisition or attempted acquisition by a Denied Person of the ownership, possession, or control of any item subject to the Regulations that has been or will be exported from the United States, including financing or other support activities related to a transaction whereby a Denied Person acquires or attempts to acquire such ownership, possession or control; C. Take any action to acquire from or to facilitate the acquisition or attempted acquisition from a Denied Person of any item subject to the Regulations that has been exported from the United States; D. Obtain from a Denied Person in the United States any item subject to the VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:16 Aug 07, 2015 Jkt 235001 Regulations with knowledge or reason to know that the item will be, or is intended to be, exported from the United States; or E. Engage in any transaction to service any item subject to the Regulations that has been or will be exported from the United States and which is owned, possessed or controlled by a Denied Person, or service any item, of whatever origin, that is owned, possessed or controlled by a Denied Person, if such service involves the use of any item subject to the Regulations that has been or will be exported from the United States. For purposes of this paragraph, servicing means installation, maintenance, repair, modification or testing. Third, in addition to the Related Person named above, after notice and opportunity for comment as provided in section 766.23 of the Regulations, any other individual, firm, corporation, or other association or organization or other person related to a Denied Person by ownership, control, position of responsibility, affiliation, or other connection in the conduct of trade or business may also be made subject to the provisions of this Order if necessary to prevent evasion of this Order. Fourth, in accordance with Part 756 and Section 766.25(g) of the Regulations, Gromacki may file an appeal of the issuance of this Order against him with the Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security. The appeal must be filed within 45 days from the date of this Order and must comply with the provisions of Part 756 of the Regulations. Fifth, in accordance with Part 756 and Section 766.23(c) of the Regulations, JEN Fibers and Performance Engineered may file an appeal of their naming as related persons in this Order with the Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security. This appeal must be filed within 45 days from the date of this Order and must comply with the provisions of Part 756 of the Regulations. Sixth, a copy of this Order shall be provided to Gromacki, JEN Fibers and Performance Engineered and shall be published in the Federal Register. Seventh, this Order is effective immediately and shall remain in effect until November 26, 2023. Issued this 23 day of July, 2015. Karen H. Nies-Vogel, Director, Office of Exporter Services. [FR Doc. 2015–19570 Filed 8–7–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 47899 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration W.M. Keck Observatory, et al.; Notice of Consolidated Decision on Applications for Duty-Free Entry of Scientific Instruments This is a decision pursuant to Section 6(c) of the Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Materials Importation Act of 1966 (Pub. L. 89–651, as amended by Pub. L. 106–36; 80 Stat. 897; 15 CFR part 301). Related records can be viewed between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. in Room 3720, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. Comments: None received. Decision: Approved. We know of no instruments of equivalent scientific value to the foreign instruments described below, for such purposes as each is intended to be used, that was being manufactured in the United States at the time of its order. Docket Number: 14–030. Applicant: W.M. Keck Observatory, Kamuela, HI 96743. Instrument: Next Generation Adaptive Optics (NGAO) Laser System. Manufacturer: Toptica Photonics AG, Germany. Intended Use: See notice at 80 FR 31890, June 4, 2015. Comments: None received. Decision: Approved. We know of no instruments of equivalent scientific value to the foreign instruments described below, for such purposes as this is intended to be used, that was being manufactured in the United States at the time of order. Reasons: The instrument will be used to provide a high quality ‘‘artificial star’’ in the atmosphere to remove the image blurring caused by the atmosphere, as part of a Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics System. The system uses a technique called Adaptive Optics that measures the turbulence in Earth’s atmosphere that causes blurring or ‘‘twinkling’’ by ‘‘flexing’’ or ‘‘bending’’ a deformable mirror at speeds of hundreds of times per second. The instrument is used to excite sodium atoms residing in the mesosphere above the Earth’s surface creating an ‘‘artificial star’’ for measuring the atmosphere’s turbulence. The instrument uses a laser of a precise wavelength of 589nm projected onto the sodium layer at 90km in the atmosphere, for which the stability, format and bandwidth are critical. The wavelength, amount of power, and spectral content required to resonant atoms 90km in the atmosphere are not commonly used in the laser industry. Docket Number: 15–003. Applicant: University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106–6105. E:\FR\FM\10AUN1.SGM 10AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Bureau of Industry and Security


In the Matter of: Peter Gromacki, 88 White Bridge Road, 
Middletown, NY 10940; Respondent; JEN Fibers, LLC, 88 White Bridge 
Road, Middletown, NY 109400; Performance Engineered Nonwovens, LLC, 88 
White Bridge Road, Middletown, NY 10940; Related Persons

Order Denying Export Privileges

A. Denial of Export Privileges of Peter Gromacki

    On November 26, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern 
District of New York, Peter Gromacki (``Gromack''), was convicted of 
violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 
1701, et seq. (2006 & Supp. IV 2010)) (``IEEPA''). Specifically, 
Gromacki unlawfully, willfully and knowingly exported, and caused to be 
exported from the United States T700 carbon fiber, an item subject to 
the Export Administration Regulations, to China without obtaining the 
required approval from BIS. Gromacki was sentenced to three months of 
imprisonment, three years of supervised release, a $300 assessment, and 
a $5,000.00 criminal fine.
    Section 766.25 of the Export Administration Regulations (``EAR'' or 
``Regulations'') \1\ provides, in pertinent part, that ``[t]he Director 
of the Office of Exporter Services, in consultation with the Director 
of the Office of Export Enforcement, may deny the export privileges of 
any person who has been convicted of a violation of the EAA, the EAR, 
of any order, license or authorization issued thereunder; any 
regulation, license, or order issued under the International Emergency 
Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706); 18 U.S.C. 793, 794 or 798; 
section 4(b) of the Internal Security Act of 1950 (50 U.S.C. 783(b)), 
or section 38 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2778).'' 15 CFR 
766.25(a); see also Section 11(h) of the EAA, 50 U.S.C. app. 2410(h). 
The denial of export privileges under this provision may be for a 
period of up to ten (10) years from the date of the conviction. 15 CFR 
766.25(d); see also 50 U.S.C. app. 2410(h). In addition, Section 750.8 
of the Regulations states that the Bureau of Industry and Security's 
Office of Exporter Services may revoke any Bureau of Industry and 
Security (``BIS'') licenses previously issued in which the person had 
an interest in at the time of his conviction.
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    \1\ The Regulations are currently codified in the Code of 
Federal Regulations at 15 CFR parts 730-774 (2015). The Regulations 
are issued pursuant to the Export Administration Act of 1979 (50 
U.S.C. app. 2401-2420 (2000)) (``the EAA'' or ``the Act''). Since 
August 21, 2001, the EAA has been in lapse and the President, 
through Executive Order 13222 of August 17, 2001 (3 CFR, 2001 Comp. 
783 (2002)), which has been extended by successive Presidential 
Notices, the most recent being that of August 7, 2014 (79 FR 46959 
(August 11, 2014)), has continued the Regulations in effect under 
the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701, et 
seq. (2006 & Supp. IV 2010)).
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    BIS received notice of Gromacki's conviction for violating the 
IEEPA, and has provided notice and an opportunity for Gromacki to make 
a written submission to BIS, as provided in Section 766.25 of the 
Regulations. BIS received a submission from Gromacki. Based upon my 
review and consideration of that submission, and consultations with 
BIS's Office of Export Enforcement, including its Director, and the 
facts available to BIS, I have decided to deny Gromacki's export 
privileges under the Regulations for a period of ten (10) years from 
the date of Gromacki's conviction. I have also decided to revoke all 
licenses issued pursuant to the Act or Regulations in which Gromacki 
had an interest at the time of his conviction.

B. Denial of Export Privileges of Related Persons JEN Fibers LLC and 
Performance Engineered Nonwovens, LLC

    Pursuant to Sections 766.25(h) and 766.23 of the Regulations, the 
Director of BIS's Office of Exporter Services, in consultation with the 
Director of BIS's Office of Export Enforcement, may, in order to 
prevent evasion of a denial order, make a denial order applicable not 
only to the respondent, but also to other persons related to the 
respondent by ownership, control, position of responsibility, 
affiliation, or other connection in the conduct of trade or business.
    As provided in Section 766.23 of the Regulations, BIS gave notice 
to JEN Fibers, LLC (``JEN Fibers'') and Performance Engineered 
Nowovens, LLC (``Performance Engineered'') that its export privileges 
under the Regulations could be denied for up to ten (10) years due to 
its relationship with Gromacki and that BIS believed that naming JEN 
Fibers and Performance Engineered as persons related to Gromacki would 
be necessary to prevent evasion of a denial order imposed against 
Gromacki. In providing such notice, BIS gave JEN Fibers and Performance 
Engineered an opportunity to oppose their addition to the Gromacki 
Denial Order as related parties.
    Having received and reviewed a submission from Gromacki, I have 
decided, following consideration of that submission and consultations 
with BIS's Office of Export Enforcement, including its Director, to 
include name JEN Fibers and Performance Engineered as Related Persons 
and make this Denial Order applicable to JEN Fibers and Performance 
Engineered, thereby denying their export privileges for ten (10) years 
from the date of Gromacki's conviction. I have also decided to revoke 
all licenses issued pursuant to the Act or Regulations in which JEN 
Fibers and Performance Engineered had an interest at the time of 
Gromacki's conviction. The 10-year denial period is scheduled to end on 
November 26, 2023.
    Gromacki is the owner of JEN Fibers and Performance Engineered and 
operates both businesses from his home. Therefore, JEN Fibers and 
Performance Engineered are related to Gromacki within the meaning of 
Section 766.23. BIS also has reason to believe that JEN Fibers and 
Performance Engineered should be added as a related persons in order to 
prevent evasion of this Denial Order.

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    Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED:
    First, from the date of this Order until November 26, 2023, Peter 
Gromacki, with a last known address of 88 White Bridge Road, 
Middletown, NY 10940, and when acting for or on his behalf, his 
successors, assigns, employees, agents, or representatives, and JEN 
Fibers LLC and Performance Engineered Nonwovens, LLC, with a last known 
address of 88 White Bridge Road, Middletown, NY 10940, and when acting 
for or on their behalf, their successors, assigns, directors, officers, 
employees, agents, or representatives (each as ``Denied Person'' and 
collectively the ``Denied Persons'') may not, directly or indirectly, 
participate in any way in any transaction involving any commodity, 
software or technology (hereinafter collectively referred to as 
``item'') exported or to be exported from the United States that is 
subject to the Regulations, or in any other activity subject to the 
Regulations, including but not limited to:
    A. Applying for, obtaining, or using any license, License 
Exception, or export control document;
    B. Carrying on negotiations concerning, or ordering, buying, 
receiving, using, selling, delivering, storing, disposing of, 
forwarding, transporting, financing, or otherwise servicing in any way, 
any transaction involving any item exported or to be exported from the 
United States that is subject to the Regulations, or in any other 
activity subject to the Regulations; or
    C. Benefitting in any way from any transaction involving any item 
exported or to be exported from the United States that is subject to 
the Regulations, or in any other activity subject to the Regulations.
    Second, no person may, directly or indirectly, do any of the 
following:
    A. Export or reexport to or on behalf of a Denied Person any item 
subject to the Regulations;
    B. Take any action that facilitates the acquisition or attempted 
acquisition by a Denied Person of the ownership, possession, or control 
of any item subject to the Regulations that has been or will be 
exported from the United States, including financing or other support 
activities related to a transaction whereby a Denied Person acquires or 
attempts to acquire such ownership, possession or control;
    C. Take any action to acquire from or to facilitate the acquisition 
or attempted acquisition from a Denied Person of any item subject to 
the Regulations that has been exported from the United States;
    D. Obtain from a Denied Person in the United States any item 
subject to the Regulations with knowledge or reason to know that the 
item will be, or is intended to be, exported from the United States; or
    E. Engage in any transaction to service any item subject to the 
Regulations that has been or will be exported from the United States 
and which is owned, possessed or controlled by a Denied Person, or 
service any item, of whatever origin, that is owned, possessed or 
controlled by a Denied Person, if such service involves the use of any 
item subject to the Regulations that has been or will be exported from 
the United States. For purposes of this paragraph, servicing means 
installation, maintenance, repair, modification or testing.
    Third, in addition to the Related Person named above, after notice 
and opportunity for comment as provided in section 766.23 of the 
Regulations, any other individual, firm, corporation, or other 
association or organization or other person related to a Denied Person 
by ownership, control, position of responsibility, affiliation, or 
other connection in the conduct of trade or business may also be made 
subject to the provisions of this Order if necessary to prevent evasion 
of this Order.
    Fourth, in accordance with Part 756 and Section 766.25(g) of the 
Regulations, Gromacki may file an appeal of the issuance of this Order 
against him with the Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and 
Security. The appeal must be filed within 45 days from the date of this 
Order and must comply with the provisions of Part 756 of the 
Regulations.
    Fifth, in accordance with Part 756 and Section 766.23(c) of the 
Regulations, JEN Fibers and Performance Engineered may file an appeal 
of their naming as related persons in this Order with the Under 
Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security. This appeal must be 
filed within 45 days from the date of this Order and must comply with 
the provisions of Part 756 of the Regulations.
    Sixth, a copy of this Order shall be provided to Gromacki, JEN 
Fibers and Performance Engineered and shall be published in the Federal 
Register.
    Seventh, this Order is effective immediately and shall remain in 
effect until November 26, 2023.

    Issued this 23 day of July, 2015.
Karen H. Nies-Vogel,
Director, Office of Exporter Services.
[FR Doc. 2015-19570 Filed 8-7-15; 8:45 am]
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