North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Article 1904 Binational Panel Review: Notice of Request for Panel Review, 60002-60003 [2017-27116]

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Adjournment Dated: December 12, 2017. David Mussatt, Supervisory Chief, Regional Programs Unit. [FR Doc. 2017–27134 Filed 12–15–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Article 1904 Binational Panel Review: Notice of Request for Panel Review United States Section, NAFTA Secretariat, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of NAFTA Request for Panel Review in the matter of Certain AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Softwood Lumber Products from Canada: Final affirmative determination of sales at less than fair value and affirmative final determination of critical circumstances (Secretariat file number: USA–CDA–2017–1904–03). A Request for Panel Review was filed on behalf of the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, ´ the Government of Quebec, British Columbia Lumber Trade Council (‘‘BCLTC’’), Conseil de l’Industrie ´ forestiere du Quebec (‘‘CIFQ’’), Ontario Forest Industries Association (‘‘OFIA’’), Canfor Corporation (‘‘Canfor’’), Resolute FP Canada Inc. (‘‘Resolute’’), Tolko Marketing and Sales Ltd. and Tolko Industries Ltd. (‘‘Tolko’’), and West Fraser Mills Ltd. (‘‘West Fraser’’) with the United States Section of the NAFTA Secretariat on December 5, 2017, pursuant to NAFTA Article 1904. Panel Review was requested of the Department of Commerce’s final determination regarding Certain Softwood Lumber Products from Canada. The final determination was published in the Federal Register on November 8, 2017 (82 FR 51806). The NAFTA Secretariat has assigned case number USA–CDA–2017–1904–03 to this request. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul E. Morris, United States Secretary, NAFTA Secretariat, Room 2061, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, (202) 482–5438. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Article 1904 of NAFTA provides a dispute settlement mechanism involving trade remedy determinations issued by the Government of the United States, the Government of Canada, and the Government of Mexico. Following a Request for Panel Review, a Binational Panel is composed to review the trade remedy determination being challenged and issue a binding Panel Decision. There are established NAFTA Rules of Procedure for Article 1904 Binational Panel Reviews, which were adopted by the three governments for panels requested pursuant to Article 1904(2) of NAFTA which requires Requests for Panel Review to be published in accordance with Rule 35. For the complete Rules, please see https:// www.nafta-sec-alena.org/Home/Textsof-the-Agreement/Rules-of-Procedure/ Article-1904. The Rules provide that: (a) A Party or interested person may challenge the final determination in whole or in part by filing a Complaint in accordance with Rule 39 within 30 days after the filing of the first Request for Panel Review (the deadline for filing a Complaint is January 4, 2018); SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 241 / Monday, December 18, 2017 / Notices (b) A Party, investigating authority or interested person that does not file a Complaint but that intends to appear in support of any reviewable portion of the final determination may participate in the panel review by filing a Notice of Appearance in accordance with Rule 40 within 45 days after the filing of the first Request for Panel Review (the deadline for filing a Notice of Appearance is January 19, 2018); and (c) The panel review shall be limited to the allegations of error of fact or law, including challenges to the jurisdiction of the investigating authority, that are set out in the Complaints filed in the panel review and to the procedural and substantive defenses raised in the panel review. Dated: December 12, 2017. Paul E. Morris, U.S. Secretary, NAFTA Secretariat. [FR Doc. 2017–27116 Filed 12–15–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–GT–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF855 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Gulf of Mexico Coral Habitat Management Areas National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of intent (NOI) to prepare a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS); request for comments. AGENCY: The NMFS Southeast Region, in collaboration with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council), intends to prepare a DEIS to describe and analyze management alternatives to be included in Amendment 9 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Coral and Coral Reef Resources of the Gulf of Mexico: Coral Habitat Areas Considered for Management in the Gulf of Mexico (Amendment 9). 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All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/ A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Waters, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, telephone: 727–824– 5305, or email: lauren.waters@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Over 100 species of coral are included in the FMP for the Coral and Coral Reef Resources of the Gulf. In 2013, the Council held a workshop to discuss how corals may be affected by Gulf fisheries. One of the workshop recommendations was for the Council to consider additional habitat protections for new and existing coral areas in the Gulf. While designating particular sites within existing coral essential fish habitat (EFH) as HAPCs does not provide any additional specific protections to designated areas, it can be used to focus attention on those areas for future Council actions and when NMFS conducts required EFH consultations on Federal actions that may adversely affect the habitat. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60003 In December 2014, the Council convened their Coral Working Group to discuss which areas in the Gulf may warrant specific protection for corals. The group identified 47 areas, including existing HAPCs, that may be in need of new or revised protection and recommended that new areas also be designated as HAPCs. In May 2015, the Council’s Special Coral Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and Coral Advisory Panel (AP) reviewed these areas along with members of the shrimp fishing community and recommended that the boundaries of some of the areas be refined based on available fishing information. In August 2016, the Council’s Coral SSC, Coral AP, Shrimp AP, as well as Council invitees including royal red shrimp fishermen and bottom longline fishermen, provided input to the Council and recommended that 14 areas be designated as HAPCs with accompanying fishing regulations and 8 areas be designated without accompanying fishing regulations. Based on this input, the Council began developing Amendment 9. NMFS, in collaboration with the Council, will develop a DEIS to describe and analyze alternatives to address the management needs described above including the ‘‘no action’’ alternative. The Amendment 9 DEIS will describe and analyze the modification of fishing regulations within the existing Pulley Ridge HAPC boundary, the establishment of 22 new HAPCs, and the exclusion of dredge fishing in all HAPCs that are managed with fishing regulations. In accordance with NOAA’s Administrative Order 216–6A, accompanying National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) Procedures (companion manual), and the Scoping Process, NMFS, in collaboration with the Council, has identified preliminary environmental issues as a means to initiate discussion for scoping purposes only. The public is invited to provide written comments on the preliminary issues, which are identified as actions and alternatives in the Amendment 9 draft public hearing paper and action guide. These preliminary issues may not represent the full range of issues that eventually will be evaluated in the DEIS. 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 241 (Monday, December 18, 2017)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Article 1904 
Binational Panel Review: Notice of Request for Panel Review

AGENCY: United States Section, NAFTA Secretariat, International Trade 
Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of NAFTA Request for Panel Review in the matter of 
Certain Softwood Lumber Products from Canada: Final affirmative 
determination of sales at less than fair value and affirmative final 
determination of critical circumstances (Secretariat file number: USA-
CDA-2017-1904-03).

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SUMMARY: A Request for Panel Review was filed on behalf of the 
Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the Government of 
Qu[eacute]bec, British Columbia Lumber Trade Council (``BCLTC''), 
Conseil de l'Industrie forestiere du Qu[eacute]bec (``CIFQ''), Ontario 
Forest Industries Association (``OFIA''), Canfor Corporation 
(``Canfor''), Resolute FP Canada Inc. (``Resolute''), Tolko Marketing 
and Sales Ltd. and Tolko Industries Ltd. (``Tolko''), and West Fraser 
Mills Ltd. (``West Fraser'') with the United States Section of the 
NAFTA Secretariat on December 5, 2017, pursuant to NAFTA Article 1904. 
Panel Review was requested of the Department of Commerce's final 
determination regarding Certain Softwood Lumber Products from Canada. 
The final determination was published in the Federal Register on 
November 8, 2017 (82 FR 51806). The NAFTA Secretariat has assigned case 
number USA-CDA-2017-1904-03 to this request.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul E. Morris, United States 
Secretary, NAFTA Secretariat, Room 2061, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, 
Washington, DC 20230, (202) 482-5438.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Article 1904 of NAFTA provides a dispute 
settlement mechanism involving trade remedy determinations issued by 
the Government of the United States, the Government of Canada, and the 
Government of Mexico. Following a Request for Panel Review, a 
Binational Panel is composed to review the trade remedy determination 
being challenged and issue a binding Panel Decision. There are 
established NAFTA Rules of Procedure for Article 1904 Binational Panel 
Reviews, which were adopted by the three governments for panels 
requested pursuant to Article 1904(2) of NAFTA which requires Requests 
for Panel Review to be published in accordance with Rule 35. For the 
complete Rules, please see https://www.nafta-sec-alena.org/Home/Texts-of-the-Agreement/Rules-of-Procedure/Article-1904.
    The Rules provide that:
    (a) A Party or interested person may challenge the final 
determination in whole or in part by filing a Complaint in accordance 
with Rule 39 within 30 days after the filing of the first Request for 
Panel Review (the deadline for filing a Complaint is January 4, 2018);

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    (b) A Party, investigating authority or interested person that does 
not file a Complaint but that intends to appear in support of any 
reviewable portion of the final determination may participate in the 
panel review by filing a Notice of Appearance in accordance with Rule 
40 within 45 days after the filing of the first Request for Panel 
Review (the deadline for filing a Notice of Appearance is January 19, 
2018); and
    (c) The panel review shall be limited to the allegations of error 
of fact or law, including challenges to the jurisdiction of the 
investigating authority, that are set out in the Complaints filed in 
the panel review and to the procedural and substantive defenses raised 
in the panel review.

    Dated: December 12, 2017.
Paul E. Morris,
U.S. Secretary, NAFTA Secretariat.
[FR Doc. 2017-27116 Filed 12-15-17; 8:45 am]
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