Hydrofluorocarbon Blends and Components From China; Scheduling of the Final Phase of an Antidumping Duty Investigation, 10662-10663 [2016-04399]

Download as PDF 10662 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 40 / Tuesday, March 1, 2016 / Notices produced in the United States, Subject Merchandise produced in each Subject Country, and such merchandise from other countries. (13) (Optional) A statement of whether you agree with the above definitions of the Domestic Like Product and Domestic Industry; if you disagree with either or both of these definitions, please explain why and provide alternative definitions. Authority: This proceeding is being conducted under authority of Title VII of the Tariff Act of 1930; this notice is published pursuant to section 207.61 of the Commission’s rules. By order of the Commission. Issued: February 23, 2016. Lisa R. Barton, Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. 2016–04163 Filed 2–29–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation No. 731–TA–1279 (Final)] Hydrofluorocarbon Blends and Components From China; Scheduling of the Final Phase of an Antidumping Duty Investigation United States International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Commission hereby gives notice of the scheduling of the final phase of antidumping duty investigation No. 731–TA–1279 (Final) pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 (‘‘the Act’’) to determine whether an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury, or the establishment of an industry in the United States is materially retarded, by reason of imports of hydrofluorocarbon (‘‘HFC’’) blends and components from China, provided for in subheadings 3824.78.00 (HFC blends) and 2903.39.20 (HFC components) of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, preliminarily determined by the Department of Commerce to be sold at less-than-fair-value.1 asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: 1 For purposes of this investigation, the Department of Commerce has defined the subject merchandise as ‘‘blended hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and single HFC components of those blends thereof, whether or not imported for blending. HFC blends covered by the scope are R–404, a zeotropic mixture consisting of 52 percent 1,1,1Trifluoroethane, 44 percent Pentafluoroethane, and 4 percent 1,1,1,2-Tetrafluoroethane; R–407A, a zeotropic mixture of 20 percent Difluoromethane, 40 percent Pentafluoroethane, and 40 percent 1,1,1,2-Tetrafluoroethane; R–407C, a zeotropic mixture of 23 percent Difluoromethane, 25 percent Pentafluoroethane, and 52 percent 1,1,1,2- VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:18 Feb 29, 2016 Jkt 238001 DATES: Effective: February 1, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joanna Lo (202–205–1888), Office of Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436. Hearingimpaired persons can obtain information on this matter by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal on 202– 205–1810. Persons with mobility impairments who will need special assistance in gaining access to the Commission should contact the Office of the Secretary at 202–205–2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its internet server (http:// www.usitc.gov). The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at http://edis.usitc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background.—The final phase of this investigation is being scheduled, pursuant to section 735(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1673d(b)), as a result of an affirmative preliminary determination by the Department of Commerce that imports of hydrofluorocarbon blends and components thereof from China are being sold in the United States at less than fair value within the meaning of section 733 of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1673b). Tetrafluoroethane; R–410A, a zeotropic mixture of 50 percent Difluoromethane and 50 percent Pentafluoroethane; and R–507A, an azeotropic mixture of 50 percent Pentafluoroethane and 50 percent 1,1,1-Trifluoroethane also known as R–507. The foregoing percentages are nominal percentages by weight. Actual percentages of single component refrigerants by weight may vary by plus or minus two percent points from the nominal percentage identified above. The single component HFCs covered by the scope are R–32, R–125, and R–143a. R–32 or Difluoromethane has the chemical formula CH2F2, and is registered as CAS No. 75–10–5. It may also be known as HFC–32, FC–32, Freon-32, Methylene difluoride, Methylene fluoride, Carbon fluoride hydride, halocarbon R32, fluorocarbon R32, and UN 3252. R–125 or 1,1,1,2,2-Pentafluoroethane has the chemical formula CF3CHF2 and is registered as CAS No. 354–33–6. R–125 may also be known as R–125, HFC–125, Pentafluoroethane, Freon 125, and Fc125, R–125. R–143a or 1,1,1-Trifluoroethane has the chemical formula CF3CH3 and is registered as CAS No. 420–46–2. R–143a may also be known as R– 143a, HFC–143a, Methylfluoroform, 1,1,1Trifluoroform, and UN2035. Excluded from this investigation are blends of refrigerant chemicals that include products other than HFCs, such as blends including chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) or hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). Also excluded from this investigation are patented HFC blends, such as ISCEON® blends, including MO99TM (RR–438A), MO79 (R–422A), MO59 (R–417A), MO49PlusTM (R–437A) and MO29TM (R–4 22D), Genetron® PerformaxTM LT (R–407F), Choice® R–421A, and Choice® R–421B. We note that HFC blends were classified at HTSUS subheading 3824.78.0020 and single component HFCs were classified at HTSUS subheading 2903.39.2030 in 2015.’’ PO 00000 Frm 00098 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The investigation was requested in a petition filed on June 25, 2015, by the American HFC Coalition, and its members: Amtrol, Inc. (West Warwick, Rhode Island); Arkema, Inc. (King of Prussia, Pennsylvania); The Chemours Company FC LLC (Wilmington, Delaware); Honeywell International Inc. (Morristown, New Jersey); Hudson Technologies (Pearl River, New York); Mexichem Fluor Inc. (St. Gabriel, Louisiana); Worthington Industries, Inc. (Columbus, Ohio); and District Lodge 154 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (‘‘IAMAW’’). For further information concerning the conduct of this phase of the investigation, hearing procedures, and rules of general application, consult the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, part 201, subparts A and B (19 CFR part 201), and part 207, subparts A and C (19 CFR part 207). Participation in the investigation and public service list.—Persons, including industrial users of the subject merchandise and, if the merchandise is sold at the retail level, representative consumer organizations, wishing to participate in the final phase of this investigation as parties must file an entry of appearance with the Secretary to the Commission, as provided in section 201.11 of the Commission’s rules, no later than 21 days prior to the hearing date specified in this notice. A party that filed a notice of appearance during the preliminary phase of the investigation need not file an additional notice of appearance during this final phase. The Secretary will maintain a public service list containing the names and addresses of all persons, or their representatives, who are parties to the investigation. Limited disclosure of business proprietary information (BPI) under an administrative protective order (APO) and BPI service list.—Pursuant to section 207.7(a) of the Commission’s rules, the Secretary will make BPI gathered in the final phase of this investigation available to authorized applicants under the APO issued in the investigation, provided that the application is made no later than 21 days prior to the hearing date specified in this notice. Authorized applicants must represent interested parties, as defined by 19 U.S.C. 1677(9), who are parties to the investigation. A party granted access to BPI in the preliminary phase of the investigation need not reapply for such access. A separate service list will be maintained by the Secretary for those parties authorized to receive BPI under the APO. E:\FR\FM\01MRN1.SGM 01MRN1 asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 40 / Tuesday, March 1, 2016 / Notices Staff report.—The prehearing staff report in the final phase of this investigation will be placed in the nonpublic record on June 7, 2016, and a public version will be issued thereafter, pursuant to section 207.22 of the Commission’s rules. Hearing.—The Commission will hold a hearing in connection with the final phase of this investigation beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at the U.S. International Trade Commission Building. Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed in writing with the Secretary to the Commission on or before June 10, 2016. A nonparty who has testimony that may aid the Commission’s deliberations may request permission to present a short statement at the hearing. All parties and nonparties desiring to appear at the hearing and make oral presentations should participate in a prehearing conference to be held on June 14, 2016, at the U.S. International Trade Commission Building, if deemed necessary. Oral testimony and written materials to be submitted at the public hearing are governed by sections 201.6(b)(2), 201.13(f), and 207.24 of the Commission’s rules. Parties must submit any request to present a portion of their hearing testimony in camera no later than 7 business days prior to the date of the hearing. Written submissions.—Each party who is an interested party shall submit a prehearing brief to the Commission. Prehearing briefs must conform with the provisions of section 207.23 of the Commission’s rules; the deadline for filing is June 14, 2016. Parties may also file written testimony in connection with their presentation at the hearing, as provided in section 207.24 of the Commission’s rules, and posthearing briefs, which must conform with the provisions of section 207.25 of the Commission’s rules. The deadline for filing posthearing briefs is June 28, 2016. In addition, any person who has not entered an appearance as a party to the investigation may submit a written statement of information pertinent to the subject of the investigation, including statements of support or opposition to the petition, on or before June 28, 2016. On July 13, 2016, the Commission will make available to parties all information on which they have not had an opportunity to comment. Parties may submit final comments on this information on or before July 15, 2016, but such final comments must not contain new factual information and must otherwise comply with section 207.30 of the Commission’s rules. All written submissions must conform with the provisions of section VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:18 Feb 29, 2016 Jkt 238001 201.8 of the Commission’s rules; any submissions that contain BPI must also conform with the requirements of sections 201.6, 207.3, and 207.7 of the Commission’s rules. The Commission’s Handbook on E-Filing, available on the Commission’s Web site at http:// edis.usitc.gov, elaborates upon the Commission’s rules with respect to electronic filing. Additional written submissions to the Commission, including requests pursuant to section 201.12 of the Commission’s rules, shall not be accepted unless good cause is shown for accepting such submissions, or unless the submission is pursuant to a specific request by a Commissioner or Commission staff. In accordance with sections 201.16(c) and 207.3 of the Commission’s rules, each document filed by a party to the investigation must be served on all other parties to the investigation (as identified by either the public or BPI service list), and a certificate of service must be timely filed. The Secretary will not accept a document for filing without a certificate of service. Authority: This investigation is being conducted under authority of title VII of the Tariff Act of 1930; this notice is published pursuant to section 207.21 of the Commission’s rules. By order of the Commission. Issued: February 24, 2016. Lisa R. Barton, Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. 2016–04399 Filed 2–29–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation Nos. 701–TA–551–553 and 731–TA–1307–1308 (Preliminary)] Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-RoadTires From China, India, and Sri Lanka Determinations On the basis of the record 1 developed in the subject investigations, the United States International Trade Commission (‘‘Commission’’) determines, pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 (‘‘the Act’’), that there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports of certain new pneumatic off-the-road tires (‘‘OTR tires’’) from India, provided for in subheadings 4011.20.10, 4011.20.50, 4011.61.00, 4011.62.00, 4011.63.00, 4011.69.00, 4011.92.00, 1 The record is defined in sec. 207.2(f) of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 207.2(f)). PO 00000 Frm 00099 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 10663 4011.93.40, 4011.93.80, 4011.94.40, 4011.94.80, 8431.49.90, 8709.90.00, and 8716.90.10 2 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value (‘‘LTFV’’) and imports of OTR tires that are allegedly subsidized by the governments of India and Sri Lanka. The Commission also found that imports of OTR tires from China are negligible pursuant to section 771(24) of the Act, and its investigations with regard to imports from this country are thereby terminated pursuant to section 733(a)(1) of the Act. Commencement of Final Phase Investigations Pursuant to section 207.18 of the Commission’s rules, the Commission also gives notice of the commencement of the final phase of its investigations. The Commission will issue a final phase notice of scheduling, which will be published in the Federal Register as provided in section 207.21 of the Commission’s rules, upon notice from the Department of Commerce (‘‘Commerce’’) of affirmative preliminary determinations in the investigations of OTR tires from India and Sri Lanka under sections 703(b) or 733(b) of the Act, or, if the preliminary determinations are negative, upon notice of affirmative final determinations in those investigations under sections 705(a) or 735(a) of the Act. Parties that filed entries of appearance in the preliminary phase of the investigations need not enter a separate appearance for the final phase of the investigations. Industrial users, and, if the merchandise under investigation is sold at the retail level, representative consumer organizations have the right to appear as parties in Commission antidumping and countervailing duty investigations. The Secretary will prepare a public service list containing the names and addresses of all persons, or their representatives, who are parties to the investigations. Background On January 8, 2016, Titan Tire Corporation of Des Moines, Iowa and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, AFL–CIO, CLC of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania filed petitions with the Commission and Commerce, alleging that an industry in the United 2 OTR tires may also enter under the following HTS subheadings: 4011.99.45, 4011.99.85, 8424.90.90, 8431.20.00, 8431.39.00, 8431.49.10, 8431.49.90, 8432.90.00, 8433.90.50, 8503.00.95, 8708.70.05, 8708.70.25, 8708.70.45, and 8716.90.50. E:\FR\FM\01MRN1.SGM 01MRN1

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INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

[Investigation No. 731-TA-1279 (Final)]


Hydrofluorocarbon Blends and Components From China; Scheduling of 
the Final Phase of an Antidumping Duty Investigation

AGENCY:  United States International Trade Commission.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY:  The Commission hereby gives notice of the scheduling of the 
final phase of antidumping duty investigation No. 731-TA-1279 (Final) 
pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 (``the Act'') to determine whether 
an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened 
with material injury, or the establishment of an industry in the United 
States is materially retarded, by reason of imports of 
hydrofluorocarbon (``HFC'') blends and components from China, provided 
for in subheadings 3824.78.00 (HFC blends) and 2903.39.20 (HFC 
components) of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, 
preliminarily determined by the Department of Commerce to be sold at 
less-than-fair-value.\1\
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    \1\ For purposes of this investigation, the Department of 
Commerce has defined the subject merchandise as ``blended 
hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and single HFC components of those blends 
thereof, whether or not imported for blending. HFC blends covered by 
the scope are R-404, a zeotropic mixture consisting of 52 percent 
1,1,1-Trifluoroethane, 44 percent Pentafluoroethane, and 4 percent 
1,1,1,2-Tetrafluoroethane; R-407A, a zeotropic mixture of 20 percent 
Difluoromethane, 40 percent Pentafluoroethane, and 40 percent 
1,1,1,2-Tetrafluoroethane; R-407C, a zeotropic mixture of 23 percent 
Difluoromethane, 25 percent Pentafluoroethane, and 52 percent 
1,1,1,2-Tetrafluoroethane; R-410A, a zeotropic mixture of 50 percent 
Difluoromethane and 50 percent Pentafluoroethane; and R-507A, an 
azeotropic mixture of 50 percent Pentafluoroethane and 50 percent 
1,1,1-Trifluoroethane also known as R-507. The foregoing percentages 
are nominal percentages by weight. Actual percentages of single 
component refrigerants by weight may vary by plus or minus two 
percent points from the nominal percentage identified above.
    The single component HFCs covered by the scope are R-32, R-125, 
and R-143a. R-32 or Difluoromethane has the chemical formula 
CH2F2, and is registered as CAS No. 75-10-5. 
It may also be known as HFC-32, FC-32, Freon-32, Methylene 
difluoride, Methylene fluoride, Carbon fluoride hydride, halocarbon 
R32, fluorocarbon R32, and UN 3252. R-125 or 1,1,1,2,2-
Pentafluoroethane has the chemical formula 
CF3CHF2 and is registered as CAS No. 354-33-6. 
R-125 may also be known as R-125, HFC-125, Pentafluoroethane, Freon 
125, and Fc-125, R-125. R-143a or 1,1,1-Trifluoroethane has the 
chemical formula CF3CH3 and is registered as 
CAS No. 420-46-2. R-143a may also be known as R-143a, HFC-143a, 
Methylfluoroform, 1,1,1-Trifluoroform, and UN2035.
    Excluded from this investigation are blends of refrigerant 
chemicals that include products other than HFCs, such as blends 
including chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) or hydrochlorofluorocarbons 
(HCFCs).
    Also excluded from this investigation are patented HFC blends, 
such as ISCEON[supreg] blends, including MO99TM (RR-438A), MO79 (R-
422A), MO59 (R-417A), MO49PlusTM (R-437A) and MO29TM (R-4 22D), 
Genetron[supreg] PerformaxTM LT (R-407F), Choice[supreg] R-421A, and 
Choice[supreg] R-421B.
    We note that HFC blends were classified at HTSUS subheading 
3824.78.0020 and single component HFCs were classified at HTSUS 
subheading 2903.39.2030 in 2015.''

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DATES:  Effective: February 1, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Joanna Lo (202-205-1888), Office of 
Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20436. Hearing-impaired persons can obtain information 
on this matter by contacting the Commission's TDD terminal on 202-205-
1810. Persons with mobility impairments who will need special 
assistance in gaining access to the Commission should contact the 
Office of the Secretary at 202-205-2000. General information concerning 
the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its internet server 
(http://www.usitc.gov). The public record for this investigation may be 
viewed on the Commission's electronic docket (EDIS) at http://edis.usitc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Background.--The final phase of this investigation is being 
scheduled, pursuant to section 735(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 
U.S.C. 1673d(b)), as a result of an affirmative preliminary 
determination by the Department of Commerce that imports of 
hydrofluorocarbon blends and components thereof from China are being 
sold in the United States at less than fair value within the meaning of 
section 733 of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1673b). The investigation was 
requested in a petition filed on June 25, 2015, by the American HFC 
Coalition, and its members: Amtrol, Inc. (West Warwick, Rhode Island); 
Arkema, Inc. (King of Prussia, Pennsylvania); The Chemours Company FC 
LLC (Wilmington, Delaware); Honeywell International Inc. (Morristown, 
New Jersey); Hudson Technologies (Pearl River, New York); Mexichem 
Fluor Inc. (St. Gabriel, Louisiana); Worthington Industries, Inc. 
(Columbus, Ohio); and District Lodge 154 of the International 
Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (``IAMAW'').
    For further information concerning the conduct of this phase of the 
investigation, hearing procedures, and rules of general application, 
consult the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, part 201, 
subparts A and B (19 CFR part 201), and part 207, subparts A and C (19 
CFR part 207).
    Participation in the investigation and public service list.--
Persons, including industrial users of the subject merchandise and, if 
the merchandise is sold at the retail level, representative consumer 
organizations, wishing to participate in the final phase of this 
investigation as parties must file an entry of appearance with the 
Secretary to the Commission, as provided in section 201.11 of the 
Commission's rules, no later than 21 days prior to the hearing date 
specified in this notice. A party that filed a notice of appearance 
during the preliminary phase of the investigation need not file an 
additional notice of appearance during this final phase. The Secretary 
will maintain a public service list containing the names and addresses 
of all persons, or their representatives, who are parties to the 
investigation.
    Limited disclosure of business proprietary information (BPI) under 
an administrative protective order (APO) and BPI service list.--
Pursuant to section 207.7(a) of the Commission's rules, the Secretary 
will make BPI gathered in the final phase of this investigation 
available to authorized applicants under the APO issued in the 
investigation, provided that the application is made no later than 21 
days prior to the hearing date specified in this notice. Authorized 
applicants must represent interested parties, as defined by 19 U.S.C. 
1677(9), who are parties to the investigation. A party granted access 
to BPI in the preliminary phase of the investigation need not reapply 
for such access. A separate service list will be maintained by the 
Secretary for those parties authorized to receive BPI under the APO.

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    Staff report.--The prehearing staff report in the final phase of 
this investigation will be placed in the nonpublic record on June 7, 
2016, and a public version will be issued thereafter, pursuant to 
section 207.22 of the Commission's rules.
    Hearing.--The Commission will hold a hearing in connection with the 
final phase of this investigation beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 
June 21, 2016, at the U.S. International Trade Commission Building. 
Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed in writing with the 
Secretary to the Commission on or before June 10, 2016. A nonparty who 
has testimony that may aid the Commission's deliberations may request 
permission to present a short statement at the hearing. All parties and 
nonparties desiring to appear at the hearing and make oral 
presentations should participate in a prehearing conference to be held 
on June 14, 2016, at the U.S. International Trade Commission Building, 
if deemed necessary. Oral testimony and written materials to be 
submitted at the public hearing are governed by sections 201.6(b)(2), 
201.13(f), and 207.24 of the Commission's rules. Parties must submit 
any request to present a portion of their hearing testimony in camera 
no later than 7 business days prior to the date of the hearing.
    Written submissions.--Each party who is an interested party shall 
submit a prehearing brief to the Commission. Prehearing briefs must 
conform with the provisions of section 207.23 of the Commission's 
rules; the deadline for filing is June 14, 2016. Parties may also file 
written testimony in connection with their presentation at the hearing, 
as provided in section 207.24 of the Commission's rules, and 
posthearing briefs, which must conform with the provisions of section 
207.25 of the Commission's rules. The deadline for filing posthearing 
briefs is June 28, 2016. In addition, any person who has not entered an 
appearance as a party to the investigation may submit a written 
statement of information pertinent to the subject of the investigation, 
including statements of support or opposition to the petition, on or 
before June 28, 2016. On July 13, 2016, the Commission will make 
available to parties all information on which they have not had an 
opportunity to comment. Parties may submit final comments on this 
information on or before July 15, 2016, but such final comments must 
not contain new factual information and must otherwise comply with 
section 207.30 of the Commission's rules. All written submissions must 
conform with the provisions of section 201.8 of the Commission's rules; 
any submissions that contain BPI must also conform with the 
requirements of sections 201.6, 207.3, and 207.7 of the Commission's 
rules. The Commission's Handbook on E-Filing, available on the 
Commission's Web site at http://edis.usitc.gov, elaborates upon the 
Commission's rules with respect to electronic filing.
    Additional written submissions to the Commission, including 
requests pursuant to section 201.12 of the Commission's rules, shall 
not be accepted unless good cause is shown for accepting such 
submissions, or unless the submission is pursuant to a specific request 
by a Commissioner or Commission staff.
    In accordance with sections 201.16(c) and 207.3 of the Commission's 
rules, each document filed by a party to the investigation must be 
served on all other parties to the investigation (as identified by 
either the public or BPI service list), and a certificate of service 
must be timely filed. The Secretary will not accept a document for 
filing without a certificate of service.

    Authority:  This investigation is being conducted under 
authority of title VII of the Tariff Act of 1930; this notice is 
published pursuant to section 207.21 of the Commission's rules.

    By order of the Commission.

    Issued: February 24, 2016.
Lisa R. Barton,
Secretary to the Commission.
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