Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric From the People's Republic of China: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation, 8909-8913 [2016-03751]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 35 / Tuesday, February 23, 2016 / Notices affiliated with American Seafoods Company LLC: American Seafoods Japan, Ltd.; AS Europe ApS; and American Seafoods China (Dalian) Ltd. 3. Add as new Members six entities that are affiliated with the existing Member Arctic Storm, Inc.: Arctic Storm International, Inc.; Arctic Fjord, Inc.; AF International, Inc.; Fjord Seafoods LLC; Arctic Storm Management Group LLC; and Fjord Fisheries General Partnership; 4. Replace the existing Member Glacier Fish Company with Glacier Fish Company LLC, and add as a new Member an affiliated company, ASM Export Co; and 5. Replace the existing Member The Starbound Limited Partnership with Starbound LLC, and add as new Members affiliated companies, NWPI, Inc, and Aleutian Spray Fisheries, Inc. USSC’s Export Trade Certificate of Review Now Lists Following Entities as Members Under the Amended Certificate 1. American Seafoods Company LLC 2. American Seafoods Japan, Ltd. 3. AS Europe ApS 4. American Seafoods China (Dalian) Ltd. 5. Arctic Storm, Inc. 6. Arctic Storm International, Inc. 7. Fjord Fisheries General Partnership 8. Arctic Fjord, Inc. 9. AF International, Inc. 10. Fjord Seafood LLC 11. Arctic Storm Management Group LLC 12. Glacier Fish Company, LLC 13. ASM Export Co. 14. Starbound LLC 15. Aleutian Spray Fisheries, Inc. 16. NWPI, Inc. Dated: February 17, 2016. Joseph E. Flynn, Director, Office of Trade and Economic Analysis. [FR Doc. 2016–03742 Filed 2–22–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–570–039] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric From the People’s Republic of China: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. DATES: Effective Date: February 16, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Yasmin Bordas at (202) 482–3813, John AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:06 Feb 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 Corrigan at (202) 482–7438, and Emily Maloof at (202) 482–5649, AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Petition On January 20, 2016, the Department of Commerce (Department) received a countervailing duty (CVD) petition concerning imports of certain amorphous silica fabric (silica fabric) from the People’s Republic of China (the PRC), filed in proper form on behalf of Auburn Manufacturing, Inc. (Petitioner). The CVD petition was accompanied by an antidumping duty (AD) petition, also concerning imports of amorphous silica fabric from the PRC.1 Petitioner is a domestic producer of amorphous silica fabric.2 On January 28, 2016, the Department requested information and clarification for certain areas of the Petition.3 Petitioner filed its response to this request on February 1, 2016.4 On January 27, 2016, the Department determined to toll all deadlines four business days as a result of the Federal Government closure during snowstorm ‘‘Jonas,’’ which is applicable to this initiation.5 In accordance with section 702(b)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), Petitioner alleges that the Government of the PRC (GOC) is providing countervailable subsidies (within the meaning of sections 701 and 771(5) of the Act) with respect to imports of amorphous silica fabric from the PRC, and that imports of amorphous silica fabric from the PRC are materially injuring, and threaten material injury to, the domestic industry producing amorphous silica fabric in the United States. Also, consistent with section 1 See ‘‘Petition for the Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties on Imports of Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from the People’s Republic of China,’’ dated January 20, 2016 (Petitions). 2 See Volume I of the Petitions, at 2, and Exhibit I–1. 3 See letter from the Department, ‘‘Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties on Imports of Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from the People’s Republic of China: Supplemental Questions,’’ dated January 27, 2016. 4 See letter from Petitioners, ‘‘Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from the People’s Republic of China: Amendment to Volume I of the Petition,’’ dated February 1, 2016. 5 See Memorandum for the Record from Ron Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, ‘‘Tolling of Administrative Deadlines as a Result of the Government Closure during Snowstorm ‘Jonas,’ ’’ (January 27, 2016). PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8909 702(b)(1) of the Act, for those alleged programs on which we have initiated a CVD investigation, the Petition is accompanied by information reasonably available to Petitioner supporting its allegations. The Department finds that Petitioner filed the Petition on behalf of the domestic industry because it is an interested parties as defined in section 771(9)(C) of the Act, and that Petitioner has demonstrated sufficient industry support with respect to the initiation of the investigation Petitioner is requesting.6 Period of Investigation The period of the investigation is January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015.7 Scope of the Investigation The product covered by this investigation is amorphous silica fabric from the PRC. For a full description of the scope of this investigation, see ‘‘Scope of Investigation’’ at Appendix I of this notice. Comments on Scope of the Investigation During our review of the Petition, the Department issued questions to, and received responses from, Petitioner pertaining to the proposed scope to ensure that the scope language in the Petition would be an accurate reflection of the products for which the domestic industry is seeking relief.8 As discussed in the preamble to the Department’s regulations,9 we are setting aside a period for interested parties to raise issues regarding product coverage (i.e., scope). The Department will consider all comments received from interested parties, and if necessary, will consult with interested parties prior to the issuance of the preliminary determination. If scope comments include factual information (see 19 CFR 351.102(b)(21)), all such factual information should be limited to public information. In order to facilitate preparation of its questionnaire, the Department requests all interested parties to submit such comments by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Monday, March 7, 2016, which is 20 calendar 6 See ‘‘Determination of Industry Support for the Petition’’ below. 7 See 19 CFR 351.204(b)(2). 8 See Memorandum to the File, ‘‘Phone Call with Counsel to Petitioner,’’ dated February 10, 2016; see also Letter from Petitioner to the Department, ‘‘Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from the People’s Republic of China: Scope Clarification Letter,’’ dated February 10, 2016; see also Memorandum to the File, ‘‘Phone Call with Counsel to Petitioner,’’ dated February 12, 2016. 9 See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties; Final Rule, 62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997). E:\FR\FM\23FEN1.SGM 23FEN1 8910 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 35 / Tuesday, February 23, 2016 / Notices days from the signature date of this notice. Any rebuttal comments, which may include factual information, must be filed by 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 17, 2016, which is 10 calendar days after the initial comments deadline. The Department requests that any factual information the parties consider relevant to the scope of the investigation be submitted during this time period. However, if a party subsequently finds that additional factual information pertaining to the scope of the investigation may be relevant, the party may contact the Department and request permission to submit the additional information. All such comments must be filed on the record of the concurrent AD investigation. Filing Requirements All submissions to the Department must be filed electronically using Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS).10 An electronically-filed document must be received successfully in its entirety by the time and date it is due. Documents excepted from the electronic submission requirements must be filed manually (i.e., in paper form) with Enforcement and Compliance’s APO/Dockets Unit, Room 18022, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230, and stamped with the date and time of receipt by the applicable deadlines. Consultations mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Pursuant to section 702(b)(4)(A)(i) of the Act, the Department notified representatives of the GOC of the receipt of the Petition. Also, in accordance with section 702(b)(4)(A)(ii) of the Act, the Department provided representatives of the GOC the opportunity for consultations with respect to the CVD petition.11 As the GOC did not request consultations prior to the initiation of this investigation, the Department and the GOC did not hold consultations. 10 See 19 CFR 351.303 (for general filing requirements); Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: Electronic Filing Procedures; Administrative Protective Order Procedures, 76 FR 39263 (July 6, 2011), for details of the Department’s electronic filing requirements, which went into effect on August 5, 2011. Information on help using ACCESS can be found at https://access.trade.gov/ help.aspx and a handbook can be found at https:// access.trade.gov/help/Handbook%20on%20 Electronic%20Filling%20Procedures.pdf. 11 See Letter of Invitation Regarding Countervailing Duty Petition Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from the People’s Republic of China, dated January 20, 2016. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:06 Feb 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 Determination of Industry Support for the Petition Section 702(b)(1) of the Act requires that a petition be filed on behalf of the domestic industry. Section 702(c)(4)(A) of the Act provides that a petition meets this requirement if the domestic producers or workers who support the petition account for: (i) At least 25 percent of the total production of the domestic like product; and (ii) more than 50 percent of the production of the domestic like product produced by that portion of the industry expressing support for, or opposition to, the petition. Moreover, section 702(c)(4)(D) of the Act provides that, if the petition does not establish support of domestic producers or workers accounting for more than 50 percent of the total production of the domestic like product, the Department shall: (i) Poll the industry or rely on other information in order to determine if there is support for the petition, as required by subparagraph (A); or (ii) determine industry support using a statistically valid sampling method to poll the ‘‘industry.’’ Section 771(4)(A) of the Act defines the ‘‘industry’’ as the producers as a whole of a domestic like product. Thus, to determine whether a petition has the requisite industry support, the statute directs the Department to look to producers and workers who produce the domestic like product. The International Trade Commission (ITC), which is responsible for determining whether ‘‘the domestic industry’’ has been injured, must also determine what constitutes a domestic like product in order to define the industry. While both the Department and the ITC must apply the same statutory definition regarding the domestic like product,12 they do so for different purposes and pursuant to a separate and distinct authority. In addition, the Department’s determination is subject to limitations of time and information. Although this may result in different definitions of the like product, such differences do not render the decision of either agency contrary to law.13 Section 771(10) of the Act defines the domestic like product as ‘‘a product which is like, or in the absence of like, most similar in characteristics and uses with, the article subject to an investigation under this title.’’ Thus, the reference point from which the domestic like product analysis begins is 12 See section 771(10) of the Act. USEC, Inc. v. United States, 132 F. Supp. 2d 1, 8 (CIT 2001) (citing Algoma Steel Corp., Ltd. v. United States, 688 F. Supp. 639, 644 (CIT 1988), aff’d 865 F.2d 240 (Fed. Cir. 1989)). 13 See PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ‘‘the article subject to an investigation’’ (i.e., the class or kind of merchandise to be investigated, which normally will be the scope as defined in the Petition). With regard to the domestic like product, Petitioner does not offer a definition of the domestic like product distinct from the scope of the investigation. Based on our analysis of the information submitted on the record, we have determined that silica fabric, as defined in the scope, constitutes a single domestic like product and we have analyzed industry support in terms of that domestic like product.14 In determining whether Petitioner has standing under section 702(c)(4)(A) of the Act, we considered the industry support data contained in the Petition with reference to the domestic like product as defined in the ‘‘Scope of the Investigation,’’ in Appendix I of this notice. To establish industry support, Petitioner provided its own production of the domestic like product in 2015, and conservatively compared this to the estimated total production of amorphous silica fabric (both industrial grade and aerospace grade) for the entire domestic industry.15 We have relied upon data Petitioner provided for purposes of measuring industry support.16 Our review of the data provided in the Petition, General Issues Supplement, and other information readily available to the Department indicates that Petitioner has established industry support.17 First, the Petition established support from domestic producers (or workers) accounting for more than 50 percent of the total production of the domestic like product and, as such, the Department is not required to take further action in order to evaluate industry support (e.g., polling).18 Second, the domestic producers (or workers) have met the statutory criteria for industry support under section 14 For a discussion of the domestic like product analysis in this case, see Countervailing Duty Investigation Initiation Checklist: Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from the People’s Republic of China (PRC CVD Initiation Checklist), at Attachment II, Analysis of Industry Support for the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Petitions Covering Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from the People’s Republic of China (Attachment II). This checklist is dated concurrently with this notice and on file electronically via ACCESS. Access to documents filed via ACCESS is also available in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. 15 See Volume I of the Petition, at 4–6; see also General Issues Supplement, at 1–2 and Exhibit Supp. I–1. 16 See PRC CVD Initiation Checklist, at Attachment II. 17 Id. 18 See section 702(c)(4)(D) of the Act; see also PRC CVD Initiation Checklist, at Attachment II. E:\FR\FM\23FEN1.SGM 23FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 35 / Tuesday, February 23, 2016 / Notices 702(c)(4)(A)(i) of the Act because the domestic producers (or workers) who support the Petition account for at least 25 percent of the total production of the domestic like product.19 Finally, the domestic producers (or workers) have met the statutory criteria for industry support under section 702(c)(4)(A)(ii) of the Act because the domestic producers (or workers) who support the Petition account for more than 50 percent of the production of the domestic like product produced by that portion of the industry expressing support for, or opposition to, the Petition.20 Accordingly, the Department determines that the Petition was filed on behalf of the domestic industry within the meaning of section 702(b)(1) of the Act. The Department finds that Petitioner filed the Petition on behalf of the domestic industry because it is an interested party as defined in section 771(9)(C) of the Act and it has demonstrated sufficient industry support with respect to the CVD investigation that it is requesting the Department initiate.21 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Injury Test Because the PRC is a ‘‘Subsidies Agreement Country’’ within the meaning of section 701(b) of the Act, section 701(a)(2) of the Act applies to this investigation. Accordingly, the ITC must determine whether imports of the subject merchandise from the PRC materially injure, or threaten material injury to, a U.S. industry. Allegations and Evidence of Material Injury and Causation Petitioner alleges that imports of the subject merchandise are benefitting from countervailable subsidies and that such imports are causing, or threatening to cause, material injury to the U.S. industry producing the domestic like product. In addition, Petitioner alleges that subject imports exceed the negligibility threshold provided for under section 771(24)(A) of the Act.22 Petitioner contends that the industry’s injured condition is illustrated by reduced market share; underselling and price suppression or depression; lost sales and revenues; declines in domestic industry production, capacity utilization, and U.S. shipments; declines in financial performance; and declines in employment indicators.23 19 See PRC CVD Initiation Checklist, at Attachment II. 20 Id. 21 Id. 22 See Volume I of the Petition, at 37 and Exhibit I–12. 23 See Volume I of the Petition, at 22–25, 34–48, and Exhibits I–12—I–14 and I–15—I–26. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:06 Feb 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 We have assessed the allegations and supporting evidence regarding material injury, threat of material injury, and causation, and we have determined that these allegations are properly supported by adequate evidence and meet the statutory requirements for initiation.24 Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation Section 702(b)(1) of the Act requires the Department to initiate a CVD investigation whenever an interested party files a CVD petition on behalf of an industry that: (1) Alleges elements necessary for an imposition of a duty under section 701(a) of the Act; and (2) is accompanied by information reasonably available to Petitioner supporting the allegations. Petitioner alleges that producers/ exporters of certain amorphous silica fabric in the PRC benefit from countervailable subsidies bestowed by the GOC. The Department examined the Petition and finds that it complies with the requirements of section 702(b)(1) of the Act. Therefore, in accordance with section 702(b)(1) of the Act, we are initiating a CVD investigation to determine whether manufacturers, producers, or exporters of certain amorphous silica fabric from the PRC receive countervailable subsidies from the GOC and various authorities thereof. On June 29, 2015, the President of the United States signed into law the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, which made numerous amendments to the AD and CVD law.25 The 2015 law does not specify dates of application for those amendments. On August 6, 2015, the Department published an interpretative rule, in which it announced the applicability dates for each amendment to the Act, except for amendments contained in section 771(7) of the Act, which relate to determinations of material injury by the ITC.26 The amendments to sections 776 and 782 of the Act are applicable to all determinations made on or after August 6, 2015, and, therefore, apply to this CVD investigation.27 24 See PRC CVD Initiation Checklist, at Attachment III, Analysis of Allegations and Evidence of Material Injury and Causation for the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Petitions Covering Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from the People’s Republic of China. 25 See Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, Public Law 114–27, 129 Stat. 362 (2015). 26 See Dates of Application of Amendments to the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Laws Made by the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, 80 FR 46793 (August 6, 2015) (Applicability Notice). The 2015 amendments may be found at https:// www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/ 1295/text/pl. 27 Id. at 46794–95. PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8911 Based on our review of the petition, we find that there is sufficient information to initiate a CVD investigation on all of the 19 alleged programs in the PRC.28 For a full discussion of the basis for our decision to initiate or not initiate on each program, see the PRC CVD Initiation Checklist. A public version of the initiation checklist for this investigation is available on ACCESS. In accordance with section 703(b)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(b)(1), unless postponed, we will make our preliminary determination no later than 65 days after the date of this initiation. Respondent Selection Petitioner named 81 companies as producers/exporters of amorphous silica fabric in the PRC.29 Following standard practice in CVD investigations, the Department will, where appropriate, select respondents based on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (‘‘CBP’’) data for U.S. imports of amorphous silica fabric during the period of investigation. For this investigation, the Department will release U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data for U.S. imports of subject merchandise during the period of investigation under the following Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States numbers: 7019.59.4021, 7019.59.4096, 7019.59.9021, and 7019.59.9096. We intend to release the CBP data under Administrative Protective Order (APO) to all parties with access to information protected by APO within five business days of the announcement of this Federal Register notice. Interested parties must submit applications for disclosure under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(b). Instructions for filing such applications may be found at http://enforcement.trade.gov/apo/. Interested parties may submit comments regarding the CBP data and respondent selection by 5:00 p.m. ET on the seventh calendar day after publication of this notice. Comments must be filed in accordance with the filing requirements stated above. If respondent selection is necessary, we intend to base our decision regarding respondent selection upon comments received from interested parties and our analysis of the record information within 20 days of publication of this notice. Distribution of Copies of the Petition In accordance with section 702(b)(4)(A)(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 28 Petitioner initially alleged 19 subsidy programs. See Volume III of the Petition, at 15–58. 29 See Volume I of the Petition at Exhibit I–11, E:\FR\FM\23FEN1.SGM 23FEN1 8912 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 35 / Tuesday, February 23, 2016 / Notices 351.202(f), a copy of the public version of the Petition has been provided to the GOC via ACCESS. To the extent practicable, we will attempt to provide a copy of the public version of the Petition to each known exporter (as named in the Petition), consistent with 19 CFR 351.203(c)(2). ITC Notification We will notify the ITC of our initiation, as required by section 702(d) of the Act. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Preliminary Determinations by the ITC The ITC will preliminarily determine, within 45 days after the date on which the Petition was filed, whether there is a reasonable indication that imports of certain amorphous silica fabric from the PRC are materially injuring, or threatening material injury to, a U.S. industry.30 A negative ITC determination will result in the investigation being terminated; 31 otherwise, this investigation will proceed according to statutory and regulatory time limits. Submission of Factual Information Factual information is defined in 19 CFR 351.102(b)(21) as: (i) Evidence submitted in response to questionnaires; (ii) evidence submitted in support of allegations; (iii) publicly available information to value factors under 19 CFR 351.408(c) or to measure the adequacy of remuneration under 19 CFR 351.511(a)(2); (iv) evidence placed on the record by the Department; and (v) evidence other than factual information described in (i)–(iv). The regulation requires any party, when submitting factual information, to specify under which subsection of 19 CFR 351.102(b)(21) the information is being submitted and, if the information is submitted to rebut, clarify, or correct factual information already on the record, to provide an explanation identifying the information already on the record that the factual information seeks to rebut, clarify, or correct. Time limits for the submission of factual information are addressed in 19 CFR 351.301, which provides specific time limits based on the type of factual information being submitted. Parties should review the regulations prior to submitting factual information in this investigation. Extension of Time Limits Parties may request an extension of time limits before the expiration of a time limit established under 19 CFR 30 See 31 See section 703(a)(2) of the Act. section 703(a)(1) of the Act. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:06 Feb 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 351.301, or as otherwise specified by the Secretary. In general, an extension request will be considered untimely if it is filed after the expiration of the time limit established under 19 CFR 351.301 expires. For submissions that are due from multiple parties simultaneously, an extension request will be considered untimely if it is filed after 10:00 a.m. on the due date. Under certain circumstances, we may elect to specify a different time limit by which extension requests will be considered untimely for submissions which are due from multiple parties simultaneously. In such a case, we will inform parties in the letter or memorandum setting forth the deadline (including a specified time) by which extension requests must be filed to be considered timely. An extension request must be made in a separate, stand-alone submission; under limited circumstances we will grant untimely-filed requests for the extension of time limits. Review Extension of Time Limits; Final Rule, 78 FR 57790 (September 20, 2013), available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-201309-20/html/2013-22853.htm, prior to submitting factual information in this investigation. Certification Requirements Any party submitting factual information in an AD or CVD proceeding must certify to the accuracy and completeness of that information.32 Parties are hereby reminded that revised certification requirements are in effect for company/government officials, as well as their representatives. Investigations initiated on the basis of petitions filed on or after August 16, 2013, and other segments of any AD or CVD proceedings initiated on or after August 16, 2013, should use the formats for the revised certifications provided at the end of the Final Rule.33 The Department intends to reject factual submissions if the submitting party does not comply with the applicable revised certification requirements. Notification to Interested Parties Interested parties must submit applications for disclosure under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305. On January 22, 2008, the Department published Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: Documents Submission Procedures; 32 See section 782(b) of the Act. Certification of Factual Information To Import Administration During Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings, 78 FR 42678 (July 17, 2013) (‘‘Final Rule’’); see also frequently asked questions regarding the Final Rule, available at http://enforcement.trade.gov/tlei/notices/factual_ info_final_rule_FAQ_07172013.pdf. 33 See PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 APO Procedures, 73 FR 3634 (January 22, 2008). Parties wishing to participate in this investigation should ensure that they meet the requirements of these procedures (e.g., the filing of letters of appearance as discussed at 19 CFR 351.103(d)). This notice is issued and published pursuant to sections 702 and 777(i) of the Act. Dated: February 16, 2016. Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix I Scope of the Investigation The product covered by this investigation is woven (whether from yarns or rovings) industrial grade amorphous silica fabric, which contains a minimum of 90 percent silica (SiO2) by nominal weight, and a nominal width in excess of 8 inches. The investigation covers industrial grade amorphous silica fabric regardless of other materials contained in the fabric, regardless of whether in roll form or cut-to-length, regardless of weight, width (except as noted above), or length. The investigation covers industrial grade amorphous silica fabric regardless of whether the product is approved by a standards testing body (such as being Factory Mutual (FM) Approved), or regardless of whether it meets any governmental specification. Industrial grade amorphous silica fabric may be produced in various colors. The investigation covers industrial grade amorphous silica fabric regardless of whether the fabric is colored. Industrial grade amorphous silica fabric may be coated or treated with materials that include, but are not limited to, oils, vermiculite, acrylic latex compound, silicone, aluminized polyester (Mylar®) film, pressure-sensitive adhesive, or other coatings and treatments. The investigation covers industrial grade amorphous silica fabric regardless of whether the fabric is coated or treated, and regardless of coating or treatment weight as a percentage of total product weight. Industrial grade amorphous silica fabric may be heat-cleaned. The investigation covers industrial grade amorphous silica fabric regardless of whether the fabric is heat-cleaned. Industrial grade amorphous silica fabric may be imported in rolls or may be cut-tolength and then further fabricated to make welding curtains, welding blankets, welding pads, fire blankets, fire pads, or fire screens. Regardless of the name, all industrial grade amorphous silica fabric that has been further cut-to-length or cut-to-width or further finished by finishing the edges and/or adding grommets, is included within the scope of this investigation. Subject merchandise also includes (1) any industrial grade amorphous silica fabric that has been converted into industrial grade amorphous silica fabric in China from fiberglass cloth produced in a third country; and (2) any industrial grade amorphous silica fabric that has been further processed in a third country prior to export to the United E:\FR\FM\23FEN1.SGM 23FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 35 / Tuesday, February 23, 2016 / Notices Also excluded from the scope are amorphous silica fabric rope and tubing (or sleeving). Amorphous silica fabric rope is a knitted or braided product made from amorphous silica yarns. Silica tubing (or sleeving) is braided into a hollow sleeve from amorphous silica yarns. The subject imports are normally classified in subheadings 7019.59.4021, 7019.59.4096, 7019.59.9021, and 7019.59.9096 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), but may also enter under HTSUS subheadings 7019.40.4030, 7019.40.4060, 7019.40.9030, 7019.40.9060, 7019.51.9010, 7019.51.9090, 7019.52.9010, 7019.52.9021, 7019.52.9096 and 7019.90.1000. HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes only; the written description of the scope of this investigation is dispositive. [FR Doc. 2016–03751 Filed 2–22–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [A–570–038] Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric From the People’s Republic of China: Initiation of Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigation Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:06 Feb 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 DATES: Effective Date: February 16, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael J. Heaney at (202) 482–4475 or Scott Hoefke (202) 482–4947, AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement & Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Petition On January 20, 2016, the Department of Commerce (the Department) received an antidumping duty (AD) petition concerning imports of certain amorphous silica fabric (silica fabric) from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), filed in proper form on behalf of Auburn Manufacturing, Inc. (Auburn) (Petitioner).1 The AD petition was accompanied by a countervailing duty (CVD) petition for the PRC.2 Petitioner is a domestic producer of silica fabric.3 On January 27, 2016, the Department requested additional information and clarification of certain areas of the Petition.4 Petitioner filed responses to these requests on February 1, 2016.5 On February 10, 2016, Petitioner submitted further clarification regarding the scope of the investigation.6 On January 27, 2016, the Department determined to toll all deadlines four business days as a result of the Federal Government closure during snowstorm Jonas, which is applicable to this initiation.7 In accordance with section 732(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the 1 See the Petition for the Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties on Imports of Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from the PRC, dated January 20, 2016 (the Petition) at Volumes I and II. 2 Id. at Volume III. 3 See Volume I of the Petition at 2. 4 See Letters from the Department to Petitioner entitled ‘‘Re: Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties on Imports of Amorphous Silica Fabric from the People’s Republic of China: Supplemental Questions dated January 27, 2016 (General Issues Supplemental Questionnaire) and ‘‘Re: Petition for the Imposition of Antidumping Duties on Imports of Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from the People’s Republic of China: Supplemental Questions Antidumping’’ dated January 27, 2016. 5 See ‘‘Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from the People’s Republic of China: Amendment to Volume I of the Petition’’ dated February 1, 2016 (General Issues Supplement); see also ‘‘Re: Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from the People’s Republic of China: Amendment to Volume II of the Petition’’ dated February 1, 2016 (AD Supplemental Response). 6 See Scope Supplement to the Petition, dated February 10, 2016 (Scope Supplement). 7 See Memorandum to the Record from Ron Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, regarding ‘‘Tolling of Administrative Deadlines As a Result of the Government Closure During Snowstorm Jonas,’’ dated January 27, 2016. PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Act), Petitioner alleges that imports of silica fabric from the PRC are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less-than-fair value within the meaning of section 731 of the Act, and that such imports are materially injuring, or threatening material injury to, an industry in the United States. Also, consistent with section 732(b)(1) of the Act, the Petition is accompanied by information reasonably available to Petitioner supporting its allegations. The Department finds that Petitioner filed this Petition on behalf of the domestic industry because Petitioner is an interested party as defined in section 771(9)(C) of the Act. The Department also finds that Petitioner demonstrated sufficient industry support with respect to the initiation of the AD investigation that Petitioner is requesting.8 Period of Investigation Because the Petition was filed on January 20, 2016, the period of investigation (POI) is, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.204(b)(1), July 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. Scope of the Investigation The product covered by this investigation is silica fabric from the PRC. For a full description of the scope of this investigation, see the ‘‘Scope of the Investigation,’’ in Appendix I of this notice. Comments on Scope of the Investigation During our review of the Petition, the Department issued questions to, and received responses from, Petitioner pertaining to the proposed scope to ensure that the scope language in the Petition would be an accurate reflection of the products for which the domestic industry is seeking relief.9 As discussed in the preamble to the Department’s regulations,10 we are setting aside a period for interested parties to raise issues regarding product coverage (scope). The Department will consider all comments received from parties and, if necessary, will consult with parties prior to the issuance of the preliminary determination. If scope comments include factual information (see 19 CFR 351.102(b)(21)), all such factual information should be limited to 8 See the ‘‘Determination of Industry Support for the Petition’’ section below. 9 See Memorandum to the File, Phone Call with Counsel to Petitioner,’’ dated February 10, 2016; see also Letter from Petitioner to the Department, ‘‘Certain Amorphous Silica Fiber from the People’s Republic of China: Scope Clarification Letter,’’ dated February 10, 2016; see also Memorandum to the File, ‘‘Phone Call with Counsel to Petitioner,’’ dated February 12, 2016. 10 See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties, 62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997). E:\FR\FM\23FEN1.SGM 23FEN1 EN23FE16.000</GPH> States, including but not limited to treating, coating, slitting, cutting to length, cutting to width, finishing the edges, adding grommets, or any other processing that would not otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of the investigation if performed in the country of manufacture of the in-scope industrial grade amorphous silica fabric. Excluded from the scope of the investigation is amorphous silica fabric that is subjected to controlled shrinkage, which is also called ‘‘pre-shrunk’’ or ‘‘aerospace grade’’ amorphous silica fabric. In order to be excluded as a pre-shrunk or aerospace grade amorphous silica fabric, the amorphous silica fabric must meet the following exclusion criteria: (1) The amorphous silica fabric must contain a minimum of 98 percent silica (SiO2) by nominal weight; (2) the amorphous silica fabric must have an areal shrinkage of 4 percent or less; (3) the amorphous silica fabric must contain no coatings or treatments; and (4) the amorphous silica fabric must be white in color. For purposes of this scope, ‘‘areal shrinkage’’ refers to the extent to which a specimen of amorphous silica fabric shrinks while subjected to heating at 1800 degrees F for 30 minutes. Areal shrinkage is expressed as the following percentage: 8913

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 35 (Tuesday, February 23, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 8909-8913]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-570-039]


Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric From the People's Republic of 
China: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation

AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce.

DATES: Effective Date: February 16, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Yasmin Bordas at (202) 482-3813, John 
Corrigan at (202) 482-7438, and Emily Maloof at (202) 482-5649, AD/CVD 
Operations, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Petition

    On January 20, 2016, the Department of Commerce (Department) 
received a countervailing duty (CVD) petition concerning imports of 
certain amorphous silica fabric (silica fabric) from the People's 
Republic of China (the PRC), filed in proper form on behalf of Auburn 
Manufacturing, Inc. (Petitioner). The CVD petition was accompanied by 
an antidumping duty (AD) petition, also concerning imports of amorphous 
silica fabric from the PRC.\1\ Petitioner is a domestic producer of 
amorphous silica fabric.\2\
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    \1\ See ``Petition for the Imposition of Antidumping and 
Countervailing Duties on Imports of Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric 
from the People's Republic of China,'' dated January 20, 2016 
(Petitions).
    \2\ See Volume I of the Petitions, at 2, and Exhibit I-1.
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    On January 28, 2016, the Department requested information and 
clarification for certain areas of the Petition.\3\ Petitioner filed 
its response to this request on February 1, 2016.\4\ On January 27, 
2016, the Department determined to toll all deadlines four business 
days as a result of the Federal Government closure during snowstorm 
``Jonas,'' which is applicable to this initiation.\5\
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    \3\ See letter from the Department, ``Petitions for the 
Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties on Imports of 
Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from the People's Republic of China: 
Supplemental Questions,'' dated January 27, 2016.
    \4\ See letter from Petitioners, ``Certain Amorphous Silica 
Fabric from the People's Republic of China: Amendment to Volume I of 
the Petition,'' dated February 1, 2016.
    \5\ See Memorandum for the Record from Ron Lorentzen, Acting 
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, ``Tolling of 
Administrative Deadlines as a Result of the Government Closure 
during Snowstorm `Jonas,' '' (January 27, 2016).
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    In accordance with section 702(b)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as 
amended (the Act), Petitioner alleges that the Government of the PRC 
(GOC) is providing countervailable subsidies (within the meaning of 
sections 701 and 771(5) of the Act) with respect to imports of 
amorphous silica fabric from the PRC, and that imports of amorphous 
silica fabric from the PRC are materially injuring, and threaten 
material injury to, the domestic industry producing amorphous silica 
fabric in the United States. Also, consistent with section 702(b)(1) of 
the Act, for those alleged programs on which we have initiated a CVD 
investigation, the Petition is accompanied by information reasonably 
available to Petitioner supporting its allegations.
    The Department finds that Petitioner filed the Petition on behalf 
of the domestic industry because it is an interested parties as defined 
in section 771(9)(C) of the Act, and that Petitioner has demonstrated 
sufficient industry support with respect to the initiation of the 
investigation Petitioner is requesting.\6\
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    \6\ See ``Determination of Industry Support for the Petition'' 
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Period of Investigation

    The period of the investigation is January 1, 2015, through 
December 31, 2015.\7\
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    \7\ See 19 CFR 351.204(b)(2).
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Scope of the Investigation

    The product covered by this investigation is amorphous silica 
fabric from the PRC. For a full description of the scope of this 
investigation, see ``Scope of Investigation'' at Appendix I of this 
notice.

Comments on Scope of the Investigation

    During our review of the Petition, the Department issued questions 
to, and received responses from, Petitioner pertaining to the proposed 
scope to ensure that the scope language in the Petition would be an 
accurate reflection of the products for which the domestic industry is 
seeking relief.\8\
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    \8\ See Memorandum to the File, ``Phone Call with Counsel to 
Petitioner,'' dated February 10, 2016; see also Letter from 
Petitioner to the Department, ``Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from 
the People's Republic of China: Scope Clarification Letter,'' dated 
February 10, 2016; see also Memorandum to the File, ``Phone Call 
with Counsel to Petitioner,'' dated February 12, 2016.
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    As discussed in the preamble to the Department's regulations,\9\ we 
are setting aside a period for interested parties to raise issues 
regarding product coverage (i.e., scope). The Department will consider 
all comments received from interested parties, and if necessary, will 
consult with interested parties prior to the issuance of the 
preliminary determination. If scope comments include factual 
information (see 19 CFR 351.102(b)(21)), all such factual information 
should be limited to public information. In order to facilitate 
preparation of its questionnaire, the Department requests all 
interested parties to submit such comments by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time 
(ET) on Monday, March 7, 2016, which is 20 calendar

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days from the signature date of this notice. Any rebuttal comments, 
which may include factual information, must be filed by 5:00 p.m. ET on 
Thursday, March 17, 2016, which is 10 calendar days after the initial 
comments deadline.
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    \9\ See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties; Final Rule, 
62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997).
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    The Department requests that any factual information the parties 
consider relevant to the scope of the investigation be submitted during 
this time period. However, if a party subsequently finds that 
additional factual information pertaining to the scope of the 
investigation may be relevant, the party may contact the Department and 
request permission to submit the additional information. All such 
comments must be filed on the record of the concurrent AD 
investigation.

Filing Requirements

    All submissions to the Department must be filed electronically 
using Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS).\10\ An electronically-
filed document must be received successfully in its entirety by the 
time and date it is due. Documents excepted from the electronic 
submission requirements must be filed manually (i.e., in paper form) 
with Enforcement and Compliance's APO/Dockets Unit, Room 18022, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20230, and stamped with the date and time of receipt by 
the applicable deadlines.
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    \10\ See 19 CFR 351.303 (for general filing requirements); 
Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: Electronic Filing 
Procedures; Administrative Protective Order Procedures, 76 FR 39263 
(July 6, 2011), for details of the Department's electronic filing 
requirements, which went into effect on August 5, 2011. Information 
on help using ACCESS can be found at https://access.trade.gov/help.aspx and a handbook can be found at https://access.trade.gov/help/Handbook%20on%20Electronic%20Filling%20Procedures.pdf.
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Consultations

    Pursuant to section 702(b)(4)(A)(i) of the Act, the Department 
notified representatives of the GOC of the receipt of the Petition. 
Also, in accordance with section 702(b)(4)(A)(ii) of the Act, the 
Department provided representatives of the GOC the opportunity for 
consultations with respect to the CVD petition.\11\ As the GOC did not 
request consultations prior to the initiation of this investigation, 
the Department and the GOC did not hold consultations.
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    \11\ See Letter of Invitation Regarding Countervailing Duty 
Petition Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from the People's Republic 
of China, dated January 20, 2016.
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Determination of Industry Support for the Petition

    Section 702(b)(1) of the Act requires that a petition be filed on 
behalf of the domestic industry. Section 702(c)(4)(A) of the Act 
provides that a petition meets this requirement if the domestic 
producers or workers who support the petition account for: (i) At least 
25 percent of the total production of the domestic like product; and 
(ii) more than 50 percent of the production of the domestic like 
product produced by that portion of the industry expressing support 
for, or opposition to, the petition. Moreover, section 702(c)(4)(D) of 
the Act provides that, if the petition does not establish support of 
domestic producers or workers accounting for more than 50 percent of 
the total production of the domestic like product, the Department 
shall: (i) Poll the industry or rely on other information in order to 
determine if there is support for the petition, as required by 
subparagraph (A); or (ii) determine industry support using a 
statistically valid sampling method to poll the ``industry.''
    Section 771(4)(A) of the Act defines the ``industry'' as the 
producers as a whole of a domestic like product. Thus, to determine 
whether a petition has the requisite industry support, the statute 
directs the Department to look to producers and workers who produce the 
domestic like product. The International Trade Commission (ITC), which 
is responsible for determining whether ``the domestic industry'' has 
been injured, must also determine what constitutes a domestic like 
product in order to define the industry. While both the Department and 
the ITC must apply the same statutory definition regarding the domestic 
like product,\12\ they do so for different purposes and pursuant to a 
separate and distinct authority. In addition, the Department's 
determination is subject to limitations of time and information. 
Although this may result in different definitions of the like product, 
such differences do not render the decision of either agency contrary 
to law.\13\
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    \12\ See section 771(10) of the Act.
    \13\ See USEC, Inc. v. United States, 132 F. Supp. 2d 1, 8 (CIT 
2001) (citing Algoma Steel Corp., Ltd. v. United States, 688 F. 
Supp. 639, 644 (CIT 1988), aff'd 865 F.2d 240 (Fed. Cir. 1989)).
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    Section 771(10) of the Act defines the domestic like product as ``a 
product which is like, or in the absence of like, most similar in 
characteristics and uses with, the article subject to an investigation 
under this title.'' Thus, the reference point from which the domestic 
like product analysis begins is ``the article subject to an 
investigation'' (i.e., the class or kind of merchandise to be 
investigated, which normally will be the scope as defined in the 
Petition).
    With regard to the domestic like product, Petitioner does not offer 
a definition of the domestic like product distinct from the scope of 
the investigation. Based on our analysis of the information submitted 
on the record, we have determined that silica fabric, as defined in the 
scope, constitutes a single domestic like product and we have analyzed 
industry support in terms of that domestic like product.\14\
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    \14\ For a discussion of the domestic like product analysis in 
this case, see Countervailing Duty Investigation Initiation 
Checklist: Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from the People's 
Republic of China (PRC CVD Initiation Checklist), at Attachment II, 
Analysis of Industry Support for the Antidumping and Countervailing 
Duty Petitions Covering Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from the 
People's Republic of China (Attachment II). This checklist is dated 
concurrently with this notice and on file electronically via ACCESS. 
Access to documents filed via ACCESS is also available in the 
Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce 
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    In determining whether Petitioner has standing under section 
702(c)(4)(A) of the Act, we considered the industry support data 
contained in the Petition with reference to the domestic like product 
as defined in the ``Scope of the Investigation,'' in Appendix I of this 
notice. To establish industry support, Petitioner provided its own 
production of the domestic like product in 2015, and conservatively 
compared this to the estimated total production of amorphous silica 
fabric (both industrial grade and aerospace grade) for the entire 
domestic industry.\15\ We have relied upon data Petitioner provided for 
purposes of measuring industry support.\16\
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    \15\ See Volume I of the Petition, at 4-6; see also General 
Issues Supplement, at 1-2 and Exhibit Supp. I-1.
    \16\ See PRC CVD Initiation Checklist, at Attachment II.
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    Our review of the data provided in the Petition, General Issues 
Supplement, and other information readily available to the Department 
indicates that Petitioner has established industry support.\17\ First, 
the Petition established support from domestic producers (or workers) 
accounting for more than 50 percent of the total production of the 
domestic like product and, as such, the Department is not required to 
take further action in order to evaluate industry support (e.g., 
polling).\18\ Second, the domestic producers (or workers) have met the 
statutory criteria for industry support under section

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702(c)(4)(A)(i) of the Act because the domestic producers (or workers) 
who support the Petition account for at least 25 percent of the total 
production of the domestic like product.\19\ Finally, the domestic 
producers (or workers) have met the statutory criteria for industry 
support under section 702(c)(4)(A)(ii) of the Act because the domestic 
producers (or workers) who support the Petition account for more than 
50 percent of the production of the domestic like product produced by 
that portion of the industry expressing support for, or opposition to, 
the Petition.\20\ Accordingly, the Department determines that the 
Petition was filed on behalf of the domestic industry within the 
meaning of section 702(b)(1) of the Act.
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    \17\ Id.
    \18\ See section 702(c)(4)(D) of the Act; see also PRC CVD 
Initiation Checklist, at Attachment II.
    \19\ See PRC CVD Initiation Checklist, at Attachment II.
    \20\ Id.
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    The Department finds that Petitioner filed the Petition on behalf 
of the domestic industry because it is an interested party as defined 
in section 771(9)(C) of the Act and it has demonstrated sufficient 
industry support with respect to the CVD investigation that it is 
requesting the Department initiate.\21\
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Injury Test

    Because the PRC is a ``Subsidies Agreement Country'' within the 
meaning of section 701(b) of the Act, section 701(a)(2) of the Act 
applies to this investigation. Accordingly, the ITC must determine 
whether imports of the subject merchandise from the PRC materially 
injure, or threaten material injury to, a U.S. industry.

Allegations and Evidence of Material Injury and Causation

    Petitioner alleges that imports of the subject merchandise are 
benefitting from countervailable subsidies and that such imports are 
causing, or threatening to cause, material injury to the U.S. industry 
producing the domestic like product. In addition, Petitioner alleges 
that subject imports exceed the negligibility threshold provided for 
under section 771(24)(A) of the Act.\22\
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    \22\ See Volume I of the Petition, at 37 and Exhibit I-12.
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    Petitioner contends that the industry's injured condition is 
illustrated by reduced market share; underselling and price suppression 
or depression; lost sales and revenues; declines in domestic industry 
production, capacity utilization, and U.S. shipments; declines in 
financial performance; and declines in employment indicators.\23\ We 
have assessed the allegations and supporting evidence regarding 
material injury, threat of material injury, and causation, and we have 
determined that these allegations are properly supported by adequate 
evidence and meet the statutory requirements for initiation.\24\
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    \23\ See Volume I of the Petition, at 22-25, 34-48, and Exhibits 
I-12--I-14 and I-15--I-26.
    \24\ See PRC CVD Initiation Checklist, at Attachment III, 
Analysis of Allegations and Evidence of Material Injury and 
Causation for the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Petitions 
Covering Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from the People's Republic 
of China.
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Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation

    Section 702(b)(1) of the Act requires the Department to initiate a 
CVD investigation whenever an interested party files a CVD petition on 
behalf of an industry that: (1) Alleges elements necessary for an 
imposition of a duty under section 701(a) of the Act; and (2) is 
accompanied by information reasonably available to Petitioner 
supporting the allegations.
    Petitioner alleges that producers/exporters of certain amorphous 
silica fabric in the PRC benefit from countervailable subsidies 
bestowed by the GOC. The Department examined the Petition and finds 
that it complies with the requirements of section 702(b)(1) of the Act. 
Therefore, in accordance with section 702(b)(1) of the Act, we are 
initiating a CVD investigation to determine whether manufacturers, 
producers, or exporters of certain amorphous silica fabric from the PRC 
receive countervailable subsidies from the GOC and various authorities 
thereof.
    On June 29, 2015, the President of the United States signed into 
law the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, which made numerous 
amendments to the AD and CVD law.\25\ The 2015 law does not specify 
dates of application for those amendments. On August 6, 2015, the 
Department published an interpretative rule, in which it announced the 
applicability dates for each amendment to the Act, except for 
amendments contained in section 771(7) of the Act, which relate to 
determinations of material injury by the ITC.\26\ The amendments to 
sections 776 and 782 of the Act are applicable to all determinations 
made on or after August 6, 2015, and, therefore, apply to this CVD 
investigation.\27\
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    \25\ See Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, Public Law 
114-27, 129 Stat. 362 (2015).
    \26\ See Dates of Application of Amendments to the Antidumping 
and Countervailing Duty Laws Made by the Trade Preferences Extension 
Act of 2015, 80 FR 46793 (August 6, 2015) (Applicability Notice). 
The 2015 amendments may be found at https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1295/text/pl.
    \27\ Id. at 46794-95.
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    Based on our review of the petition, we find that there is 
sufficient information to initiate a CVD investigation on all of the 19 
alleged programs in the PRC.\28\ For a full discussion of the basis for 
our decision to initiate or not initiate on each program, see the PRC 
CVD Initiation Checklist. A public version of the initiation checklist 
for this investigation is available on ACCESS.
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    \28\ Petitioner initially alleged 19 subsidy programs. See 
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    In accordance with section 703(b)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 
351.205(b)(1), unless postponed, we will make our preliminary 
determination no later than 65 days after the date of this initiation.

Respondent Selection

    Petitioner named 81 companies as producers/exporters of amorphous 
silica fabric in the PRC.\29\ Following standard practice in CVD 
investigations, the Department will, where appropriate, select 
respondents based on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (``CBP'') data 
for U.S. imports of amorphous silica fabric during the period of 
investigation. For this investigation, the Department will release U.S. 
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data for U.S. imports of subject 
merchandise during the period of investigation under the following 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States numbers: 7019.59.4021, 
7019.59.4096, 7019.59.9021, and 7019.59.9096. We intend to release the 
CBP data under Administrative Protective Order (APO) to all parties 
with access to information protected by APO within five business days 
of the announcement of this Federal Register notice. Interested parties 
must submit applications for disclosure under APO in accordance with 19 
CFR 351.305(b). Instructions for filing such applications may be found 
at http://enforcement.trade.gov/apo/.
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    \29\ See Volume I of the Petition at Exhibit I-11,
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    Interested parties may submit comments regarding the CBP data and 
respondent selection by 5:00 p.m. ET on the seventh calendar day after 
publication of this notice. Comments must be filed in accordance with 
the filing requirements stated above. If respondent selection is 
necessary, we intend to base our decision regarding respondent 
selection upon comments received from interested parties and our 
analysis of the record information within 20 days of publication of 
this notice.

Distribution of Copies of the Petition

    In accordance with section 702(b)(4)(A)(i) of the Act and 19 CFR

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351.202(f), a copy of the public version of the Petition has been 
provided to the GOC via ACCESS. To the extent practicable, we will 
attempt to provide a copy of the public version of the Petition to each 
known exporter (as named in the Petition), consistent with 19 CFR 
351.203(c)(2).

ITC Notification

    We will notify the ITC of our initiation, as required by section 
702(d) of the Act.

Preliminary Determinations by the ITC

    The ITC will preliminarily determine, within 45 days after the date 
on which the Petition was filed, whether there is a reasonable 
indication that imports of certain amorphous silica fabric from the PRC 
are materially injuring, or threatening material injury to, a U.S. 
industry.\30\ A negative ITC determination will result in the 
investigation being terminated; \31\ otherwise, this investigation will 
proceed according to statutory and regulatory time limits.
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Submission of Factual Information

    Factual information is defined in 19 CFR 351.102(b)(21) as: (i) 
Evidence submitted in response to questionnaires; (ii) evidence 
submitted in support of allegations; (iii) publicly available 
information to value factors under 19 CFR 351.408(c) or to measure the 
adequacy of remuneration under 19 CFR 351.511(a)(2); (iv) evidence 
placed on the record by the Department; and (v) evidence other than 
factual information described in (i)-(iv). The regulation requires any 
party, when submitting factual information, to specify under which 
subsection of 19 CFR 351.102(b)(21) the information is being submitted 
and, if the information is submitted to rebut, clarify, or correct 
factual information already on the record, to provide an explanation 
identifying the information already on the record that the factual 
information seeks to rebut, clarify, or correct. Time limits for the 
submission of factual information are addressed in 19 CFR 351.301, 
which provides specific time limits based on the type of factual 
information being submitted. Parties should review the regulations 
prior to submitting factual information in this investigation.

Extension of Time Limits

    Parties may request an extension of time limits before the 
expiration of a time limit established under 19 CFR 351.301, or as 
otherwise specified by the Secretary. In general, an extension request 
will be considered untimely if it is filed after the expiration of the 
time limit established under 19 CFR 351.301 expires. For submissions 
that are due from multiple parties simultaneously, an extension request 
will be considered untimely if it is filed after 10:00 a.m. on the due 
date. Under certain circumstances, we may elect to specify a different 
time limit by which extension requests will be considered untimely for 
submissions which are due from multiple parties simultaneously. In such 
a case, we will inform parties in the letter or memorandum setting 
forth the deadline (including a specified time) by which extension 
requests must be filed to be considered timely. An extension request 
must be made in a separate, stand-alone submission; under limited 
circumstances we will grant untimely-filed requests for the extension 
of time limits. Review Extension of Time Limits; Final Rule, 78 FR 
57790 (September 20, 2013), available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-20/html/2013-22853.htm, prior to submitting factual 
information in this investigation.

Certification Requirements

    Any party submitting factual information in an AD or CVD proceeding 
must certify to the accuracy and completeness of that information.\32\ 
Parties are hereby reminded that revised certification requirements are 
in effect for company/government officials, as well as their 
representatives. Investigations initiated on the basis of petitions 
filed on or after August 16, 2013, and other segments of any AD or CVD 
proceedings initiated on or after August 16, 2013, should use the 
formats for the revised certifications provided at the end of the Final 
Rule.\33\ The Department intends to reject factual submissions if the 
submitting party does not comply with the applicable revised 
certification requirements.
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    \32\ See section 782(b) of the Act.
    \33\ See Certification of Factual Information To Import 
Administration During Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Proceedings, 78 FR 42678 (July 17, 2013) (``Final Rule''); see also 
frequently asked questions regarding the Final Rule, available at 
http://enforcement.trade.gov/tlei/notices/factual_info_final_rule_FAQ_07172013.pdf.
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Notification to Interested Parties

    Interested parties must submit applications for disclosure under 
APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305. On January 22, 2008, the 
Department published Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: 
Documents Submission Procedures; APO Procedures, 73 FR 3634 (January 
22, 2008). Parties wishing to participate in this investigation should 
ensure that they meet the requirements of these procedures (e.g., the 
filing of letters of appearance as discussed at 19 CFR 351.103(d)).
    This notice is issued and published pursuant to sections 702 and 
777(i) of the Act.

    Dated: February 16, 2016.
Ronald K. Lorentzen,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix I

Scope of the Investigation

    The product covered by this investigation is woven (whether from 
yarns or rovings) industrial grade amorphous silica fabric, which 
contains a minimum of 90 percent silica (SiO2) by nominal 
weight, and a nominal width in excess of 8 inches. The investigation 
covers industrial grade amorphous silica fabric regardless of other 
materials contained in the fabric, regardless of whether in roll 
form or cut-to-length, regardless of weight, width (except as noted 
above), or length. The investigation covers industrial grade 
amorphous silica fabric regardless of whether the product is 
approved by a standards testing body (such as being Factory Mutual 
(FM) Approved), or regardless of whether it meets any governmental 
specification.
    Industrial grade amorphous silica fabric may be produced in 
various colors. The investigation covers industrial grade amorphous 
silica fabric regardless of whether the fabric is colored. 
Industrial grade amorphous silica fabric may be coated or treated 
with materials that include, but are not limited to, oils, 
vermiculite, acrylic latex compound, silicone, aluminized polyester 
(Mylar[supreg]) film, pressure-sensitive adhesive, or other coatings 
and treatments. The investigation covers industrial grade amorphous 
silica fabric regardless of whether the fabric is coated or treated, 
and regardless of coating or treatment weight as a percentage of 
total product weight. Industrial grade amorphous silica fabric may 
be heat-cleaned. The investigation covers industrial grade amorphous 
silica fabric regardless of whether the fabric is heat-cleaned.
    Industrial grade amorphous silica fabric may be imported in 
rolls or may be cut-to-length and then further fabricated to make 
welding curtains, welding blankets, welding pads, fire blankets, 
fire pads, or fire screens. Regardless of the name, all industrial 
grade amorphous silica fabric that has been further cut-to-length or 
cut-to-width or further finished by finishing the edges and/or 
adding grommets, is included within the scope of this investigation.
    Subject merchandise also includes (1) any industrial grade 
amorphous silica fabric that has been converted into industrial 
grade amorphous silica fabric in China from fiberglass cloth 
produced in a third country; and (2) any industrial grade amorphous 
silica fabric that has been further processed in a third country 
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States, including but not limited to treating, coating, slitting, 
cutting to length, cutting to width, finishing the edges, adding 
grommets, or any other processing that would not otherwise remove 
the merchandise from the scope of the investigation if performed in 
the country of manufacture of the in-scope industrial grade 
amorphous silica fabric.
    Excluded from the scope of the investigation is amorphous silica 
fabric that is subjected to controlled shrinkage, which is also 
called ``pre-shrunk'' or ``aerospace grade'' amorphous silica 
fabric. In order to be excluded as a pre-shrunk or aerospace grade 
amorphous silica fabric, the amorphous silica fabric must meet the 
following exclusion criteria: (1) The amorphous silica fabric must 
contain a minimum of 98 percent silica (SiO2) by nominal 
weight; (2) the amorphous silica fabric must have an areal shrinkage 
of 4 percent or less; (3) the amorphous silica fabric must contain 
no coatings or treatments; and (4) the amorphous silica fabric must 
be white in color. For purposes of this scope, ``areal shrinkage'' 
refers to the extent to which a specimen of amorphous silica fabric 
shrinks while subjected to heating at 1800 degrees F for 30 minutes.
    Areal shrinkage is expressed as the following percentage:
    [GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN23FE16.000
    
    Also excluded from the scope are amorphous silica fabric rope 
and tubing (or sleeving). Amorphous silica fabric rope is a knitted 
or braided product made from amorphous silica yarns. Silica tubing 
(or sleeving) is braided into a hollow sleeve from amorphous silica 
yarns.
    The subject imports are normally classified in subheadings 
7019.59.4021, 7019.59.4096, 7019.59.9021, and 7019.59.9096 of the 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), but may 
also enter under HTSUS subheadings 7019.40.4030, 7019.40.4060, 
7019.40.9030, 7019.40.9060, 7019.51.9010, 7019.51.9090, 
7019.52.9010, 7019.52.9021, 7019.52.9096 and 7019.90.1000. HTSUS 
subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes only; 
the written description of the scope of this investigation is 
dispositive.

[FR Doc. 2016-03751 Filed 2-22-16; 8:45 am]
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