Agreement Suspending the Antidumping Investigation on Uranium From the Russian Federation: Rescission of 2018-2019 Administrative Review, 67517 [2020-23527]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 206 / Friday, October 23, 2020 / Notices Notification to Interested Parties These preliminary results are issued and published pursuant to sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.221(b)(4). Dated: October 16, 2020. Jeffrey I. Kessler, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Non-Selected Companies Under Review IV. Scope of the Order V. Diversification of China’s Economy VI. Subsidies Valuation VII. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Application of Adverse Inferences VIII. Interest Rate Benchmarks, Discount Rates, Inputs, and Electricity IX. Analysis of Programs X. Recommendation [FR Doc. 2020–23449 Filed 10–22–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–821–802] Agreement Suspending the Antidumping Investigation on Uranium From the Russian Federation: Rescission of 2018–2019 Administrative Review Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) is rescinding the administrative review of the Agreement Suspending the Antidumping Investigation on Uranium from the Russian Federation (Agreement) for the period of review (POR) from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019, based on withdrawal of the request for review. DATES: Applicable October 23, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sally C. Gannon or Jill Buckles, Bilateral Agreements Unit, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–0162 or (202) 482–6230, respectively. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On October 1, 2019, Commerce notified interested parties of the opportunity to request an administrative VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:09 Oct 22, 2020 Jkt 253001 review of the Agreement.1 On October 11, 2019, domestic interested party Louisiana Energy Services LLC (LES) submitted a request for an administrative review of the Agreement.2 On December 11, 2019, Commerce published in the Federal Register a notice initiating an administrative review of the Agreement for the POR October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019.3 Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1), Commerce will rescind an administrative review, in whole or in part, if the party or parties that requested a review withdraws the request within 90 days of the publication date of the notice of initiation of the requested review. Furthermore, Commerce may extend this time limit if Commerce decides that it is reasonable to do so. The deadline for a party to withdraw a request for review was on March 10, 2020. On October 6, 2020, LES submitted a request to withdraw its request for the administrative review of the Agreement.4 Although this review was initiated more than 90 days prior to its request for withdrawal, i.e., on December 11, 2019, LES requests that Commerce exercise its discretion to rescind this review. In its letter, LES explains that it is reasonable to rescind it in light of the recent amendment to the Agreement reached on October 5, 2020.5 LES argues that the 2020 Amendment aims at correcting statutory deficiencies of the Agreement at issue in the review and that Commerce need not expend additional resources in the conduct of this review.6 LES further notes that Commerce has not yet issued the preliminary results of review. LES has stated that it is withdrawing its request for review based upon its conclusion that rescission is reasonable in light of the recently issued 2020 Amendment to the Agreement. In addition, given that the basis for LES’s withdrawal is the issuance of the 2020 1 See Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Order, Finding, or Suspended Investigation; Opportunity To Request Administrative Review, 83 FR 49358 (October 1, 2018). 2 See Letter from LES, ‘‘Uranium from Russia: Request for Administrative Review,’’ dated October 11, 2019. 3 See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews, 84 FR 67712 (December 11, 2019). 4 See Letter from LES, ‘‘Uranium from the Russian Federation: Withdrawal of Request for Administrative Review,’’ dated October 6, 2020 (LES Withdrawal Request). 5 Id. at 2; see also 2020 Amendment to the Agreement Suspending the Antidumping Investigation on Uranium From the Russian Federation, 85 FR 64112 (October 9, 2020) (2020 Amendment). 6 See LES Withdrawal Request at 2–3. PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 67517 Amendment to the Agreement, and that the 2020 Amendment was issued after the expiration of the 90-day time limit for withdrawal, we find it reasonable to extend the period of time for withdrawal of the review request. Therefore, Commerce is extending the time limit pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1) and permitting LES to withdraw its request for an administrative review. Rescission of the Administrative Review As discussed above, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1), Commerce has considered LES’s request to withdraw its request for a review of the Agreement beyond the established time limit and, based on the reasons provided by LES and the circumstances presented, determines that it is reasonable to extend the deadline and permit LES to withdraw its review request. Accordingly, as LES has withdrawn its request for review, Commerce is rescinding this review of the Agreement for the POR October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019 in accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1). Administrative Protective Orders This notice serves as a reminder to all parties subject to administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305. Timely written notification of the return/destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a violation which is subject to sanction. Notification to Interested Parties This notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.213(d)(4). Dated: October 19, 2020. Jeffrey I. Kessler, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-821-802]


Agreement Suspending the Antidumping Investigation on Uranium 
From the Russian Federation: Rescission of 2018-2019 Administrative 
Review

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

SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) is rescinding the 
administrative review of the Agreement Suspending the Antidumping 
Investigation on Uranium from the Russian Federation (Agreement) for 
the period of review (POR) from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 
2019, based on withdrawal of the request for review.

DATES: Applicable October 23, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sally C. Gannon or Jill Buckles, 
Bilateral Agreements Unit, Enforcement and Compliance, International 
Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution 
Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-0162 or (202) 
482-6230, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On October 1, 2019, Commerce notified interested parties of the 
opportunity to request an administrative review of the Agreement.\1\ On 
October 11, 2019, domestic interested party Louisiana Energy Services 
LLC (LES) submitted a request for an administrative review of the 
Agreement.\2\ On December 11, 2019, Commerce published in the Federal 
Register a notice initiating an administrative review of the Agreement 
for the POR October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019.\3\
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    \1\ See Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Order, Finding, or 
Suspended Investigation; Opportunity To Request Administrative 
Review, 83 FR 49358 (October 1, 2018).
    \2\ See Letter from LES, ``Uranium from Russia: Request for 
Administrative Review,'' dated October 11, 2019.
    \3\ See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Administrative Reviews, 84 FR 67712 (December 11, 2019).
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    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1), Commerce will rescind an 
administrative review, in whole or in part, if the party or parties 
that requested a review withdraws the request within 90 days of the 
publication date of the notice of initiation of the requested review. 
Furthermore, Commerce may extend this time limit if Commerce decides 
that it is reasonable to do so. The deadline for a party to withdraw a 
request for review was on March 10, 2020.
    On October 6, 2020, LES submitted a request to withdraw its request 
for the administrative review of the Agreement.\4\ Although this review 
was initiated more than 90 days prior to its request for withdrawal, 
i.e., on December 11, 2019, LES requests that Commerce exercise its 
discretion to rescind this review. In its letter, LES explains that it 
is reasonable to rescind it in light of the recent amendment to the 
Agreement reached on October 5, 2020.\5\ LES argues that the 2020 
Amendment aims at correcting statutory deficiencies of the Agreement at 
issue in the review and that Commerce need not expend additional 
resources in the conduct of this review.\6\ LES further notes that 
Commerce has not yet issued the preliminary results of review.
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    \4\ See Letter from LES, ``Uranium from the Russian Federation: 
Withdrawal of Request for Administrative Review,'' dated October 6, 
2020 (LES Withdrawal Request).
    \5\ Id. at 2; see also 2020 Amendment to the Agreement 
Suspending the Antidumping Investigation on Uranium From the Russian 
Federation, 85 FR 64112 (October 9, 2020) (2020 Amendment).
    \6\ See LES Withdrawal Request at 2-3.
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    LES has stated that it is withdrawing its request for review based 
upon its conclusion that rescission is reasonable in light of the 
recently issued 2020 Amendment to the Agreement. In addition, given 
that the basis for LES's withdrawal is the issuance of the 2020 
Amendment to the Agreement, and that the 2020 Amendment was issued 
after the expiration of the 90-day time limit for withdrawal, we find 
it reasonable to extend the period of time for withdrawal of the review 
request. Therefore, Commerce is extending the time limit pursuant to 19 
CFR 351.213(d)(1) and permitting LES to withdraw its request for an 
administrative review.

Rescission of the Administrative Review

    As discussed above, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1), Commerce has 
considered LES's request to withdraw its request for a review of the 
Agreement beyond the established time limit and, based on the reasons 
provided by LES and the circumstances presented, determines that it is 
reasonable to extend the deadline and permit LES to withdraw its review 
request. Accordingly, as LES has withdrawn its request for review, 
Commerce is rescinding this review of the Agreement for the POR October 
1, 2018 through September 30, 2019 in accordance with 19 CFR 
351.213(d)(1).

Administrative Protective Orders

    This notice serves as a reminder to all parties subject to 
administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility 
concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information 
disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305. Timely written 
notification of the return/destruction of APO materials or conversion 
to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply 
with the regulations and terms of an APO is a violation which is 
subject to sanction.

Notification to Interested Parties

    This notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 
751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.213(d)(4).

    Dated: October 19, 2020.
Jeffrey I. Kessler,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
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