Rubber Bands From China and Thailand; Scheduling of the Final Phase of Countervailing Duty and Anti-Dumping Duty Investigations, 46969-46971 [2018-20086]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 180 / Monday, September 17, 2018 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement [Docket ID BSEE–2018–0013; 189E1700D2 ET1SF0000.PSB000.EEEE500000; OMB Control Number 1014–0023] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Pollution Prevention and Control Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Interior. ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) proposes to renew an information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before October 17, 2018. ADDRESSES: Send written comments on this information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget’s Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior by email at OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov; or via facsimile to (202) 395–5806. Please provide a copy of your comments to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement; Regulations and Standards Branch; ATTN: Kelly Odom; 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, VA 20166; or by email to kelly.odom@bsee.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 1014– 0023 in the subject line of your comments. SUMMARY: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Kelly Odom by email at kelly.odom@bsee.gov, or by telephone at (703) 787–1775. You may also view the ICR at http://www.reginfo.gov/ public/do/PRAMain. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we provide the general public and other Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on new, proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand our information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. A Federal Register notice with a 60day public comment period soliciting comments on this collection of information was published on May 24, daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Sep 14, 2018 Jkt 244001 2018 (83 FR 24139). We received one comment in response to the Federal Register notice; however, it was not germane to the information collection. We are again soliciting comments on the proposed ICR that is described below. We are especially interested in public comments addressing the following issues: (1) Is the collection necessary to the proper functions of BSEE; (2) Will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) Is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) How might BSEE enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) How might BSEE minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Abstract: The regulations at 30 CFR part 250, subpart C, concern pollution prevention and control and are the subject of this collection. This request also covers any related Notices to Lessees and Operators (NTLs) that BSEE issues to clarify, supplement, or provide additional guidance on some aspects of our regulations. In general, BSEE uses the information collected under subpart C to ensure that: • The lessee or operator records the location of items lost overboard to aid in recovery during site clearance activities on the lease; • Operations are conducted according to all applicable regulations, requirements, and in a safe and workmanlike manner; • Discharge or disposal of drill cuttings, sand, and other well solids, including those containing naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM), are properly handled for the protection of OCS workers and the environment; and • Facilities are inspected daily for the prevention of pollution, and problems observed are corrected. Title of Collection: 30 CFR part 250, subpart C, Pollution Prevention and Control. OMB Control Number: 1014–0023. Form Number: None. PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 46969 Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Potential respondents comprise Federal OCS oil, gas, and sulphur lessees/ operators and holders of pipeline rightsof-way. Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: Varies, not all of the potential respondents will submit information in any given year and some may submit multiple times. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 3,273. Estimated Completion Time per Response: Varies from 5 minutes to 3 hours, depending on activity. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 137,940. Respondent’s Obligation: Responses are mandatory. Frequency of Collection: On occasion, weekly, and daily. Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: We have not identified any non-hour cost burdens associated with this collection of information. An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The authority for this action is the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq). Dated: August 9, 2018. Doug Morris, Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs. [FR Doc. 2018–20094 Filed 9–14–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–VH–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation Nos. 701–TA–598 and 600 and 731–TA–1408 and 1410 (Final)] Rubber Bands From China and Thailand; Scheduling of the Final Phase of Countervailing Duty and AntiDumping Duty Investigations United States International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Commission hereby gives notice of the scheduling of the final phase of antidumping and countervailing duty investigation Nos. 701–TA–598 and 600 and 731–TA–1408 and 1410 (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 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\17SEN1.SGM 17SEN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 46970 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 180 / Monday, September 17, 2018 / Notices reason of imports of rubber bands from China and Thailand, provided for in subheading 4016.99.35 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, preliminarily determined by the Department of Commerce (‘‘Commerce’’) to be subsidized and sold at less-than-fair-value. DATES: August 29, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher W. Robinson (202) 205– 2542), 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 (https:// www.usitc.gov). The public record for these investigations may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Scope.— For purposes of these investigations, Commerce has defined the subject merchandise as ‘‘. . . bands made of vulcanized rubber, with a flat length, as actually measured end-to-end by the band lying flat, no less than 1⁄2 inch and no greater than 10 inches; with a width, which measures the dimension perpendicular to the length, actually of at least 3/64 inch and no greater than 2 inches; and a wall thickness actually from 0.020 inch to 0.125 inch. Vulcanized rubber has been chemically processed into a more durable material by the addition of sulfur or other equivalent curatives or accelerators. Subject products are included regardless of color or inclusion of printed material on the rubber band’s surface, including but not limited to, rubber bands with printing on them, such as a product name, advertising, or slogan, and printed material (e.g., a tag) fastened to the rubber band by an adhesive or another temporary type of connection. The scope includes vulcanized rubber bands which are contained or otherwise exist in various forms and packages, such as, without limitation, vulcanized rubber bands included within a desk accessory set or other type of set or package, and vulcanized rubber band balls. The scope excludes products that consist of an elastomer loop and durable tag all-in-one, and bands that are being used at the time of import to fasten an imported product. Excluded from the scope of this investigation are VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Sep 14, 2018 Jkt 244001 vulcanized rubber bands of various sizes with arrow shaped rubber protrusions from the outer diameter that exceeds at the anchor point a wall thickness of 0.125 inches and where the protrusion is used to loop around, secure and lock in place. Excluded from the scope of this investigation are yarn/fabriccovered vulcanized rubber hair bands, regardless of size.’’ Background.—The final phase of these investigations is being scheduled pursuant to sections 705(b) and 731(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1671d(b) and 1673d(b)), as a result of affirmative preliminary determinations by Commerce that certain benefits which constitute subsidies within the meaning of section 703 of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1671b) are being provided to manufacturers, producers, or exporters in China and Thailand of rubber bands, and that such products 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 investigations were requested in petitions filed on January 30, 2018, by Alliance Rubber Co., Hot Springs, Arkansas. For further information concerning the conduct of this phase of the investigations, 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 investigations 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 these investigations 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 investigations 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 investigations. 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 these investigations available to authorized applicants under the APO issued in the PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 investigations, 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 investigations. A party granted access to BPI in the preliminary phase of the investigations 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. Staff report.—The prehearing staff report in the final phase of these investigations will be placed in the nonpublic record on October 30, 2018, 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 these investigations beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 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 November 7, 2018. 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 November 9, 2018, 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 November 6, 2018. 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 November 20, 2018. In addition, any person who has not entered an appearance as a party to the investigations may submit a written statement of information pertinent to the subject of the investigations, E:\FR\FM\17SEN1.SGM 17SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 180 / Monday, September 17, 2018 / Notices including statements of support or opposition to the petition, on or before November 20, 2018. On December 7, 2018, 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 December 11, 2018, 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 website at https://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 investigations must be served on all other parties to the investigations (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: These investigations are 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: September 11, 2018. Lisa Barton, Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. 2018–20086 Filed 9–14–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Antitrust Division Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993—Border Security Technology Consortium Notice is hereby given that, on August 21, 2018, pursuant to Section 6(a) of the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993, 15 U.S.C. 4301 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Sep 14, 2018 Jkt 244001 et seq. (‘‘the Act’’), Border Security Technology Consortium (‘‘BSTC’’) has filed written notifications simultaneously with the Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission disclosing changes in its membership. The notifications were filed for the purpose of extending the Act’s provisions limiting the recovery of antitrust plaintiffs to actual damages under specified circumstances. Specifically, Advanced Technology Systems Company (ATSC), McLean, VA; Ardent Management Consulting, Inc., Reston, VA; BlackSky Geospatial Solutions, Inc., Herndon, VA; Brillient Corporation, Reston, VA; Copious Imaging LLC, Lexington, MA; DetectaChem LLC, Stafford, TX; Federal Resources Supply Company, Stevensville, MD; InCadence Strategic Solutions, Manassas, VA; Integrated Defense and Security Solutions (IDSS), Armonk, NY; Integration Innovation, Inc. (i3), Huntsville, AL; McQ Inc., Fredericksburg, PA; Net Vision Consultants, Inc., Stevensville, MD; Parsons Government Services Inc., Centreville, VA; Percipient.ai, Reston, VA; Qual-Tron, Inc., Tulsa, OK; QuickFlex, Inc., San Antonio, TX; Rapiscan Systems, Inc., Torrance, CA; Sentrillion Corporation, Reston, VA; Spectral Labs Incorporated, San Diego, CA; Thruvision, Inc., Ashburn, VA; Tygart Technology, Inc., Fairmont, VA; and Verizon Business Network Services, Inc., Ashburn, VA, have been added as parties to this venture. Also, Rumpf Associates International, Alexandria, VA, has withdrawn as a party to this venture. No other changes have been made in either the membership or planned activity of the group research project. Membership in this group research project remains open, and BSTC intends to file additional written notifications disclosing all changes in membership. On May 30, 2012, BSTC filed its original notification pursuant to Section 6(a) of the Act. The Department of Justice published a notice in the Federal Register pursuant to Section 6(b) of the Act on June 18, 2012 (77 FR 36292). The last notification was filed with the Department on May 2, 2018. A notice was published in the Federal Register pursuant to section 6(b) of the Act on June 19, 2018 (83 FR 28447). Suzanne Morris, Chief, Premerger and Division Statistics Unit, Antitrust Division. [FR Doc. 2018–20135 Filed 9–14–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–11–P PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 46971 DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Antitrust Division Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993—The Open Group, L.L.C. Notice is hereby given that, on August 31, 2018, pursuant to Section 6(a) of the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993, 15 U.S.C. 4301 et seq. (‘‘the Act’’), The Open Group, L.L.C. (‘‘TOG’’) has filed written notifications simultaneously with the Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission disclosing changes in its membership. The notifications were filed for the purpose of extending the Act’s provisions limiting the recovery of antitrust plaintiffs to actual damages under specified circumstances. Specifically, Adventium Enterprises LLC, Minneapolis, MN; Ajman Municipality Planning Department, Ajman, INDIA; Alaska Airlines, Inc., Seattle, WA; Anurag Group of Institutions, Hyderabad, INDIA; Castlenet Consulting Limited, Lagos, NIGERIA; FIOS Insight LLC, Houston, TX; Frazer-Nash Consultancy Ltd., Basingstoke, UNITED KINGDOM; Global Interop S.A. de C.V., Mexico City, MEXICO; Innoitus Austech Institute PTY Ltd., Moonee Ponds, AUSTRALIA; IAG GBS, Ltd., London, UNITED KINGDOM; iRF-Intelligent RF Solutions, LLC, Sparks, MD; IT Service Management Forum International Limited, Copenhagen, DENMARK; Kerala State IT Mission, Thiruvananthapuram, INDIA; Ohio Associated Enterprises, LLC, Plainsville, OH; PLCOpen, Gorinchem, THE NETHERLANDS; Rantec Power Systems Inc., Los Osos, CA; Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND; Sopra Steria Denmark, Copenhagen, DENMARK; Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, Austin, TX; Twin Oaks Computing, Inc., Castle Rock, CO; University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA; UTC Aerospace Systems, Westford, MA; ValueBlue BV, Ultrecht, THE NETHERLANDS; Vendata Group, Gurgaon, INDIA; VIStology, Inc., Framingham, MA; and VSTP Educac ¸a˜o LTDA, Sa˜o Paulo, BRAZIL, have been added as parties to this venture. Also, Acando AS, Trondheim, NORWAY; alphabet AG, Berlin, GERMANY; CTC TrainCanada, Inc., Ottawa, CANADA; Information Professionals Group, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA; Lonmin Platinum, Mooinooi, SOUTH AFRICA; and the University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, E:\FR\FM\17SEN1.SGM 17SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 180 (Monday, September 17, 2018)]
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INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

[Investigation Nos. 701-TA-598 and 600 and 731-TA-1408 and 1410 
(Final)]


Rubber Bands From China and Thailand; Scheduling of the Final 
Phase of Countervailing Duty and Anti-Dumping Duty Investigations

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 and countervailing duty investigation Nos. 
701-TA-598 and 600 and 731-TA-1408 and 1410 (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

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reason of imports of rubber bands from China and Thailand, provided for 
in subheading 4016.99.35 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the 
United States, preliminarily determined by the Department of Commerce 
(``Commerce'') to be subsidized and sold at less-than-fair-value.

DATES: August 29, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher W. Robinson (202) 205-
2542), 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 (https://www.usitc.gov). The public record for 
these investigations may be viewed on the Commission's electronic 
docket (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Scope.-- For purposes of these investigations, Commerce has defined 
the subject merchandise as ``. . . bands made of vulcanized rubber, 
with a flat length, as actually measured end-to-end by the band lying 
flat, no less than \1/2\ inch and no greater than 10 inches; with a 
width, which measures the dimension perpendicular to the length, 
actually of at least 3/64 inch and no greater than 2 inches; and a wall 
thickness actually from 0.020 inch to 0.125 inch. Vulcanized rubber has 
been chemically processed into a more durable material by the addition 
of sulfur or other equivalent curatives or accelerators. Subject 
products are included regardless of color or inclusion of printed 
material on the rubber band's surface, including but not limited to, 
rubber bands with printing on them, such as a product name, 
advertising, or slogan, and printed material (e.g., a tag) fastened to 
the rubber band by an adhesive or another temporary type of connection. 
The scope includes vulcanized rubber bands which are contained or 
otherwise exist in various forms and packages, such as, without 
limitation, vulcanized rubber bands included within a desk accessory 
set or other type of set or package, and vulcanized rubber band balls. 
The scope excludes products that consist of an elastomer loop and 
durable tag all-in-one, and bands that are being used at the time of 
import to fasten an imported product. Excluded from the scope of this 
investigation are vulcanized rubber bands of various sizes with arrow 
shaped rubber protrusions from the outer diameter that exceeds at the 
anchor point a wall thickness of 0.125 inches and where the protrusion 
is used to loop around, secure and lock in place. Excluded from the 
scope of this investigation are yarn/fabric-covered vulcanized rubber 
hair bands, regardless of size.''
    Background.--The final phase of these investigations is being 
scheduled pursuant to sections 705(b) and 731(b) of the Tariff Act of 
1930 (19 U.S.C. 1671d(b) and 1673d(b)), as a result of affirmative 
preliminary determinations by Commerce that certain benefits which 
constitute subsidies within the meaning of section 703 of the Act (19 
U.S.C. 1671b) are being provided to manufacturers, producers, or 
exporters in China and Thailand of rubber bands, and that such products 
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 investigations 
were requested in petitions filed on January 30, 2018, by Alliance 
Rubber Co., Hot Springs, Arkansas.
    For further information concerning the conduct of this phase of the 
investigations, 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 investigations 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 these 
investigations 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 investigations 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 
investigations.
    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 these investigations 
available to authorized applicants under the APO issued in the 
investigations, 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 investigations. A party granted access 
to BPI in the preliminary phase of the investigations 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.
    Staff report.--The prehearing staff report in the final phase of 
these investigations will be placed in the nonpublic record on October 
30, 2018, 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 these investigations beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 
November 13, 2018, 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 November 7, 2018. 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 November 9, 2018, 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 November 6, 2018. 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 November 20, 2018. In addition, any person who has not 
entered an appearance as a party to the investigations may submit a 
written statement of information pertinent to the subject of the 
investigations,

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including statements of support or opposition to the petition, on or 
before November 20, 2018. On December 7, 2018, 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 December 11, 2018, 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 website at https://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 investigations must be 
served on all other parties to the investigations (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: These investigations are 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: September 11, 2018.
Lisa Barton,
Secretary to the Commission.
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