Department of Commerce March 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Allocating Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crab Fishery Resources
Document Number: E6-4749
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-03-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Congress amended the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) to require the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) to approve the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (BSAI) Crab Rationalization Program (Program). The Program allocates BSAI crab resources among harvesters, processors, and coastal communities. Amendment 21 would modify the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/ Aleutian Islands (BSAI) King and Tanner crabs (FMP) and the Program to alter the timing for harvesters and processors to match harvesting and processing shares and the timing for initiating arbitration proceedings incorporated in the Program to resolve price and other delivery disputes among harvesters and processors. This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the FMP, and other applicable laws.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Gulf of Mexico Recreational Grouper Fishery Management Measures
Document Number: E6-4748
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-03-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues this proposed rule to implement a regulatory amendment to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP) prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). This proposed rule would establish a recreational bag limit for Gulf red grouper of one fish per person per day; prohibit the captain and crew of a vessel operating as a charter vessel or headboat from retaining any Gulf grouper, i.e.,establish a zero bag limit for captain and crew; and establish a seasonal closure of the recreational fishery for gag, red grouper, and black grouper in or from the Gulf exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The intended effect of this proposed rule is to maintain recreational landings at levels consistent with the red grouper rebuilding plan while minimizing potential shift of fishing effort to associated grouper species.
Endangered Species; File No. 1540
Document Number: E6-4729
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), Marine Resources Division, P.O. Box 12559, Charleston, S.C. 29422-2559, has requested a modification to scientific research Permit No. 1540.
NIST Electron and Optical Physics Division, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) Financial Assistance Program; Availability of Funds
Document Number: E6-4723
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announces that the NIST Electron and Optical Physics Division, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) Financial Assistance Program is soliciting applications for financial assistance for FY 2006. The primary program objectives of the financial assistance program in Nanoscale Science and Technology is to develop new measurement methods, instrumentation and standards for nanotechnology and explore new areas of nanoscale science and technology in a variety of areas; to assist and train CNST collaborators and nanofabrication facility users in their research; and to conduct other outreach and educational activities that advance the development of nanotechnology by U.S. university and industrial scientists.
Announcing Approval of Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Publication 201-1, Standard for Personal Identity Verification of Federal Employees and Contractors
Document Number: E6-4722
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
This notice announces the Secretary of Commerce's approval of Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Publication 201-1, Standard for Personal Identity Verification of Federal Employees and Contractors. The changes to Section 2.2, PIV Identify Proofing and Registration Requirements, Section 4.3, Cryptographic Specifications, Section 5.2, PIV Identity Proofing and Registration Requirements, and to Section 5.3.1, PIV Card Issuance, clarify the identity proofing and registration process that departments and agencies should follow when issuing identity credentials. These changes are needed to make FIPS 201-1 consistent with the Memorandum for All Departments and Agencies (M-05-24), issued by the Office of Management and Budget on August 5, 2005, Implementation of Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 12Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors.
Announcing Approval of Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 200, Minimum Security Requirements for Federal Information and Information Systems
Document Number: E6-4720
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
This notice announces the Secretary of Commerce's approval of Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 200, Minimum Security Requirements for Federal Information and Information Systems. The use of FIPS 200 is compulsory and binding on federal agencies for: (i) All information within the federal government other than that information that has been determined pursuant to Executive Order 12958, as amended by Executive Order 13292, or any predecessor order, or by the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, to require protection against unauthorized disclosure and is marked to indicate its classified status; and (ii) all federal information systems other than those information systems designated as national security systems as defined in 44 United States Code Section 3542(b)(2). FIPS 200 was developed to complement similar standards for national security systems.
International Whaling Commission; 58th
Document Number: E6-4719
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This notice announces the date and location of the public meeting being held prior to the 58\th\ annual International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Commercial Shark Management Measures
Document Number: 06-3145
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-03-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This rule establishes the 2006 second and third trimester season quotas for large coastal sharks (LCS) and small coastal sharks (SCS) based on over- or underharvests from the 2005 second and third trimester seasons. In addition, this rule establishes the opening and closing dates for the LCS and SCS fisheries based on adjustments to the trimester quotas. This action could affect all commercial fishermen in the Atlantic commercial shark fishery. This action is necessary to ensure that the landings quotas in the Atlantic commercial shark fishery represent the latest landings data.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Notice of a Control Date for the Purpose of Limiting Entry to the Charter and Party Fishery; Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP)
Document Number: E6-4665
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that it is considering, and is seeking public comment on, proposed rulemaking to control future access to the open access charter and party boat (charter/party) fishery in the NE multispecies fishery if a management regime is developed and implemented under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) to limit the number of participants in this sector of the NE multispecies fishery. This sector of the fishery includes vessels with open access charter/party permits, as well as limited access NE multispecies permits, while not on a NE multispecies day-at-sea (DAS). This announcement is intended, in part, to promote awareness of potential eligibility criteria for future access so as to discourage speculative entry into the fishery while the New England Fishery Management Council (Council) considers whether and how access to the charter/party fishery should be controlled.
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; 2006 Georges Bank Cod Hook Sector Operations Plan and Agreement and Allocation of Georges Bank Cod Total Allowable Catch
Document Number: E6-4664
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Amendment 13 to the Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP) (Amendment 13) authorized allocation of up to 20 percent of the annual Georges Bank (GB) cod total allowable catch (TAC) to the GB Cod Hook Sector (Sector). Pursuant to that authorization, the Sector has submitted an Operations Plan and Sector Contract entitled, ``Amendment 2 to Georges Bank Cod Hook Sector Operations Plan and Agreement'' (together referred to as the Sector Agreement), and a Supplemental Environmental Assessment (EA), and has requested an allocation of GB cod, consistent with regulations implementing Amendment 13. This notice provides interested parties an opportunity to comment on the proposed Sector Agreement prior to final approval or disapproval of the Sector Operations Plan and allocation of GB cod TAC to the Sector for the 2006 fishing year (FY).
Revocation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders: Brass Sheet and Strip from Brazil and Canada
Document Number: E6-4660
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On April 1, 2005, the Department of Commerce (``the Department'') initiated sunset reviews of the antidumping duty (``AD'') orders on brass sheet and strip from Brazil and Canada and the countervailing duty (``CVD'') order on brass sheet and strip from Brazil. See Initiation of Five-year (``Sunset'') Reviews, 70 FR 16800 (April 1, 2005). Pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (``the Act''), the International Trade Commission (``the ITC'') determined that revocation of these orders would not be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury to an industry in the United States within a reasonably foreseeable time. See Brass Sheet and Strip from Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan, 71 FR 14719 (March 23, 2006) (``ITC Final''). Therefore, pursuant to section 751(d)(2) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.222(i)(1)(iii), the Department is revoking the AD orders on brass sheet and strip from Brazil and Canada and the CVD order on brass sheet and strip from Brazil.
Certain Softwood Lumber Products from Canada: Notice of Rescission of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review
Document Number: E6-4659
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On January 19, 2006, the Department of Commerce (the Department) published in the Federal Register a notice announcing the initiation of a changed circumstances review of the antidumping duty order on certain softwood lumber products from Canada. See Initiation of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review: Certain Softwood Lumber Products from Canada 71 FR 4350 (January 19, 2006) (Initiation Notice). The review was requested by Weyerhaeuser Company Limited and Weyerhaeuser Saskatchewan Limited (collectively, Weyerhaeuser). We are now rescinding this review as a result of Weyerhaeuser's withdrawal of its request for a changed circumstances review.
Petroleum Wax Candles from the People's Republic of China: Extension of Time Limit for Preliminary Results of the Antidumping Duty Administrative Review
Document Number: E6-4658
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (``the Department'') is extending the time limit for the preliminary results of the review of petroleum wax candles (``candles'') from the People's Republic of China (``PRC''). This review covers the period August 1, 2004, through July 31, 2005.
Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Certain Artist Canvas from the People's Republic of China
Document Number: E6-4657
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On November 7, 2005, the Department of Commerce (``the Department'') published its preliminary determination of sales at less than fair value (``LTFV'') in the antidumping investigation of artist canvas from the People's Republic of China (``PRC''). The period of investigation (``POI'') is July 1, 2004, through December 31, 2004. The investigation covers two manufacturers/exporters which are mandatory respondents and two separate-rate status applicants. On February 17, 2006, we issued a preliminary scope ruling with regard to cut and stretched artist canvas made in the PRC from bulk roll canvas woven and primed in India. We invited interested parties to comment on our preliminary determination of sales at LTFV and our preliminary scope ruling. Based on our analysis of the comments we received, we have made changes to our calculations for the mandatory respondents. The final dumping margins for this investigation are listed in the ``Final Determination Margins'' section below.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Basic Requirements for All Marine Mammal Special Exception Permits To Take, Import and Export Marine Mammals, and for Maintaining a Captive Marine Mammal Inventory Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Fur Seal Act, and the Endangered Species Act
Document Number: E6-4614
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Pacific Islands Logbook Family of Forms
Document Number: E6-4613
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Financial Assistance To Administer NOAA's Faculty and Student Intern Research Program and Notice of Availability of Funds and Solicitation for Proposals for These Funds
Document Number: 06-3084
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The purpose of this document is to advise the public that NOAA's Office of Civil Rights is soliciting proposals from non-profit organizations to design and provide administrative services for NOAA- sponsored internship program aimed at providing training, educational, and research opportunities to faculty, as well as graduate and undergraduate students pursuing degrees related to NOAA's mission. NOAA is seeking applicants with the capacity to design and implement a program that will improve NOAA's outreach and recruitment efforts of underrepresented individuals in the scientific mission-related occupational fields, i.e., fishery biology, environmental law, meteorology, cartography, oceanography, hydrology, computer science, ecology, environmental economics, and engineering. When implemented, the program will provide both student and faculty member participants with stipends, housing assistance, and limited travel expenses. Applicants to design and implement the program must demonstrate a focused and effective outreach and recruitment strategy targeting minority serving institutions and others. It is expected that approximately $250,000 to $300,000 annually will be available for the project.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery; Framework Adjustment 18
Document Number: 06-3039
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes regulations to implement Framework Adjustment 18 (Framework 18) to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan (FMP) which was developed by the New England Fishery Management Council (Council). Framework 18 proposes the following management measures: Scallop fishery specifications for 2006 and 2007 (open area days-at-sea (DAS) and Scallop Access Area trip allocations); scallop Area Rotation Program adjustments; and revisions to management measures that would improve administration of the FMP. In addition, a seasonal closure of a proposed Scallop Access Area is proposed to reduce potential interactions between the scallop fishery and sea turtles, and to reduce finfish and scallop bycatch mortality.
Revisions and Technical Corrections Affecting Requirements for Ex Parte
Document Number: 06-2962
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) is proposing changes to the rules of practice relating to ex parte and inter partes reexamination. The Office is proposing to provide for a patent owner reply to a request for an ex parte reexamination or an inter partes reexamination prior to the examiner's decision on the request. The Office is also proposing to prohibit supplemental patent owner responses to an Office action in an inter partes reexamination without a showing of sufficient cause. The Office additionally proposes to designate the correspondence address for the patent as the correct address for all communications for patent owners in an ex parte reexamination or an inter partes reexamination, and to simplify the filing of reexamination papers by providing for the use of a single ``mail stop'' address for the filing of substantially all ex parte reexamination papers (such is already the case for inter partes reexamination papers). The Office is further proposing to make miscellaneous clarifying changes as to terminology and applicability of the reexamination rules. Comment Deadline Date: To be ensured of consideration, written comments must be received on or before May 30, 2006. No public hearing will be held.
Subsistence Harvest Management of Cook Inlet, Alaska Beluga Whales by Alaska Natives
Document Number: E6-4604
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces its intent to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), for the Subsistence Harvest Management of Cook Inlet, Alaska, Beluga Whales by Alaska Natives.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Commercial Shark Management Measures; Gear Operation and Deployment; Complementary Closures
Document Number: E6-4582
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-03-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This proposed rule would implement additional handling, release, and disentanglement requirements for sea turtles and other non-target species caught in the shark bottom longline (BLL) fishery. These requirements are intended to reduce post hooking mortality of sea turtles and other non-target species, which is an objective of Amendment 1 to the Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Tunas, Swordfish, and Sharks (HMS FMP) published on December 24, 2003. This proposed rule would also implement management measures that are consistent with those implemented by the Caribbean Fishery Management Council (CFMC) on October 28, 2005. These complementary management measures are intended to minimize adverse impacts to Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) for reef-dwelling species. The proposed rule would apply to all participants in the Atlantic shark fishery.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Recordkeeping and Reporting; Tagged Pacific Halibut and Tagged Sablefish
Document Number: E6-4576
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-03-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes to amend regulations for excluding tagged halibut and tagged sablefish catches from deduction from fishermen's Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) and from Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) accounts. This action is necessary to ensure that only halibut and sablefish that are tagged with an external research tag are excluded from IFQ deduction, and to extend the same exclusion to halibut and sablefish harvested under the CDQ Program, which allocates specific harvesting privileges among U.S. fishermen and eligible western Alaska communities. This action is intended to improve administration of the IFQ and CDQ Programs, to enhance collection of scientific data from external tags, and to further the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI), the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMPs), and the halibut management program.
General Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC); Meeting Announcement
Document Number: E6-4565
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces a meeting of the General Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the IATTC on April 11, 2006, via telephone conference call.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-4526
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-29
Agency: Department of Commerce
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery; Modification of the Yellowtail Flounder Landing Limit for the U.S./Canada Management Area
Document Number: 06-3038
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-03-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the Administrator, Northeast (NE) Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), is removing the Georges Bank (GB) yellowtail flounder trip limit for NE multispecies days-at-sea (DAS) vessels fishing in the U.S./Canada Management Area. This action is authorized by the regulations implementing Amendment 13 to the NE Multispecies Fishery Management Plan and is intended to prevent under- harvesting of the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for GB yellowtail flounder while ensuring that the TAC will not be exceeded during the 2005 fishing year. This action is being taken to provide additional opportunities for vessels to fully harvest the GB yellowtail flounder TAC under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act).
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Document Number: 06-2989
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given of the next meeting of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPA FAC) in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Listing Endangered and Threatened Species and Designating Critical Habitat: 12-Month Finding on Petition to List Puget Sound Steelhead as an Endangered or Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act
Document Number: 06-2972
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-03-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We (NMFS) have completed an updated Endangered Species Act (ESA) status review of steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) populations in the Puget Sound area (Washington). We initiated this review in response to a petition received from Mr. Sam Wright on September 13, 2004, to list Puget Sound steelhead as a threatened or endangered species. We have determined that naturally spawned winter- and summer-run steelhead populations and two hatchery steelhead stocks, below natural and manmade impassable barriers, in the river basins of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound, and Hood Canal (Washington) constitute a Distinct Population Segment (DPS) and hence a ``species'' for listing consideration under the ESA. After reviewing the best available scientific and commercial information, evaluating threats facing the species, and taking into account those efforts being made to protect the species, we conclude that the Puget Sound steelhead DPS is likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range. Therefore, we are proposing that the Puget Sound steelhead DPS be listed under the ESA as a threatened species. We will announce the timing and location of a public hearing to be held in the Puget Sound area, and propose 4(d) protective regulations and critical habitat for the Puget Sound steelhead DPS in subsequent Federal Register notices. We are soliciting public comment on this proposed listing determination, as well as any other information relevant to the designation of critical habitat and the promulgation of 4(d) protective regulations for the Puget Sound steelhead DPS.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fisheries; Scoping Process
Document Number: E6-4500
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) announces its intention to prepare, in cooperation with NMFS, an EIS in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act to assess potential effects on the human environment of alternative measures for managing the summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass fisheries pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The Council intends to develop Amendment 15 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan (FMP) to address several issues regarding the subject fisheries (see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION). This notice announces a public process for determining the scope of issues to be addressed and for identifying the significant issues related to the management of summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass. The intended effect of this notice is to alert the interested public of the scoping process, the development of the Draft EIS, and to provide for public participation.
Marine Mammals; File No. 881-1745
Document Number: E6-4495
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC), P.O. Box 1329, Seward, Alaska 99664 (Dr. Shannon Atkinson, Principal Investigator), has been issued a permit to conduct scientific research on captive Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus).
Exporters' Textile Advisory Committee; Notice of Open Meeting
Document Number: E6-4487
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
Notice of Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Prestressed Concrete Steel Wire Strand From Thailand
Document Number: E6-4486
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On February 24, 2006, the Department of Commerce (the Department) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the initiation of an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on prestressed concrete steel wire strand from Thailand, covering the period January 1, 2005, to December 31, 2005. See Notice of Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews, Thailand: Prestressed Concrete Steel Wire Strand, 71 FR 9519 (February 24, 2006). The review covers Siam Industrial Wire Co. Ltd. (SIW). We are now rescinding this review as a result of SIW's timely withdrawal of its request for an administrative review.
Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils from Italy: Final Results of Countervailing Duty Changed Circumstances Review and Revocation of Countervailing Duty Order, in Whole
Document Number: E6-4485
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce is revoking the countervailing duty order on stainless steel sheet and strip in coils from Italy because we have concluded that substantially all domestic producers lack interest in the relief provided by this order.
Honey from Argentina: Notice of Rescission of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review
Document Number: E6-4484
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On February 1, 2006, in response to a timely request from the American Honey Producers Association and the Sioux Honey Association (Petitioner), the Department of Commerce (the Department) initiated an administrative review of the countervailing duty order on honey from Argentina. See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Request for Revocation in Part, 71 FR 5241 (February 1, 2006) (Initiation Notice). This administrative review covered the period January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005. We are now rescinding this review as a result of Petitioner's withdrawal of its requests for an administrative review of this order.
Stainless Steel Plate in Coils from Italy: Final Results of Countervailing Duty Changed Circumstances Review and Revocation of Countervailing Duty Order, in Whole
Document Number: E6-4482
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce is revoking the countervailing duty order on stainless steel plate in coils from Italy because we have concluded that substantially all domestic producers lack interest in the relief provided by this order.
Revocation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders: Structural Steel Beams From Japan and South Korea
Document Number: E6-4481
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On May 2, 2005, the Department of Commerce (``the Department'') initiated its sunset reviews of the antidumping duty (``AD'') orders on structural steel beams (``beams'') from Japan and South Korea (``Korea''), and the countervailing duty (``CVD'') order on beams from Korea. See Initiation of Five-year (``Sunset'') Reviews, 70 FR 22632 (May 2, 2005). Pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (``the Act''), the International Trade Commission (``the ITC''), in its sunset reviews, determined that revocation of the AD orders on beams from Japan and Korea and the CVD order on beams from Korea would not be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury to an industry in the United States within a reasonably foreseeable time. See Structural Steel Beams from Japan and Korea, 71 FR 13431 (March 15, 2006). Therefore, pursuant to section 751(d)(2) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.222(i)(1)(iii), the Department is revoking the AD orders on beams from Japan and Korea and the CVD order on beams from Korea.
Notice of Intent to Rescind Countervailing Duty Administrative Review: Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from India
Document Number: E6-4478
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On February 1, 2006, the Department of Commerce (the Department) initiated an administrative review of the countervailing duty order on certain hot-rolled carbon steel flat products (HRC) from India, covering the period January 1, 2005, through December 31, 2005, and one manufacturer/exporter of the subject merchandise, Essar Steel Limited (Essar). See Notice of Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Request for Revocation in Part, 71 FR 5241 (February 1, 2006). The Department has preliminarily determined that the review should be rescinded due to Essar's lack of entries of subject merchandise during the period of review (POR).
Grain-Oriented Electrical Steel From Italy and Japan: Final Results of Sunset Reviews and Revocation of Orders
Document Number: E6-4477
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On February 1, 2006, the Department of Commerce (``the Department'') initiated the sunset reviews of the antidumping duty (``AD'') orders on grain-oriented electrical steel (``GOES'') from Italy and Japan and of the countervailing duty (``CVD'') order on GOES from Italy. (See 70 FR 5243). Because the domestic interested parties did not participate in these sunset reviews, the Department is revoking these AD and CVD orders.
Proposed Data Sharing Activity
Document Number: E6-4418
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Economic Analysis Bureau
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) proposes to provide to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data collected from several surveys that it conducts on U.S. direct investment abroad, foreign direct investment in the United States, and U.S. international trade in services for statistical purposes exclusively. In accordance with the requirement of Section 524(d) of the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA), we are providing the opportunity for public comment on this data-sharing action. BEA will provide data collected in its surveys to link with data from BLS surveys, including the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, and the Mass Layoff Statistics survey. The linked data will be used for several purposes by both agencies, such as to develop detailed industry-level estimates of the employment, payroll, and occupational structure of foreign-owned U.S. companies or of U.S. companies that own foreign affiliates, and to assess the adequacy of current government data for understanding the international outsourcing activities of U.S. companies. Non-confidential aggregate data (public use) and reports that have cleared BEA and BLS disclosure review will be provided to the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) as potential inputs into a study of off-shoring authorized by a grant to NAPA under Public Law 108-447. Disclosure review is a process conducted to verify that the data to be released do not reveal any confidential information.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Recreational Management Measures for the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fisheries; Fishing Year 2006
Document Number: E6-4403
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-03-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes recreational management measures for the 2006 summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass fisheries. The implementing regulations for these fisheries require NMFS to publish recreational measures for the upcoming fishing year and to provide an opportunity for public comment. The intent of these measures is to prevent overfishing of the summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass resources.
Notice of Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Certain Lined Paper Products from Indonesia
Document Number: E6-4399
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
We preliminarily determine that imports of certain lined paper products (``CLPP'') are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value, as provided in section 733 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (``the Act''). Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. We will make our final determination within 75 days after the date of this preliminary determination.
Circular Welded Non-Alloy Steel Pipe From Mexico: Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review
Document Number: E6-4398
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
In response to requests from Niples Del Norte S.A. de C.V. (``NDN''), Hylsa S.A. de C.V. (``Hylsa''), Mueller Comercial de Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V (``Mueller'') and Productos Laminados de Monterrey, S.A. de C.V (``Prolamsa''), four Mexican manufacturers of circular welded non-alloy steel pipe, and Southland Pipe Nipples Co., Inc. (``Southland''), an interested party, the Department of Commerce (``the Department'') initiated an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on circular welded non-alloy steel pipe from Mexico. See Notice of Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Request for Revocation in Part, 70 FR 76024 (December 22, 2005). This administrative review covered the period November 1, 2004, through October 31, 2005. We are now rescinding this review due to requests by parties to withdraw from the review and the Department's determination that Prolamsa did not have shipments of subject merchandise during the period of review.
Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Issuance of an Incidental Take Permit
Document Number: E6-4397
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), this notice advises the public that NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) intends to gather the necessary information to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS will examine the proposed implementation of a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and issuance of one incidental take permit (ITP) in accordance the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), as amended. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will be participating as Federal cooperating agencies. The USFS manages land in close proximity to the project area and, therefore, has an interest is the analysis of the proposed action. The applicant may seek an ITP from the USFWS for coverage for species under its jurisdiction; therefore, the USFWS is participating in the scoping process for EIS development.
Availability of Grant Funds for Fiscal Year 2006
Document Number: E6-4378
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has published two omnibus notices announcing an availability of grant funds for Fiscal Year 2006. The purpose of those notices was to provide the general public with a consolidated source of program and application information related to NOAA's competitive grant offerings. In those announcements, it was noted that additional program initiatives unanticipated at the time of the publication of this notice may be announced later in the year. This is such an announcement, for grant funding opportunities now being offered by programs within the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. Applicants must comply with all requirements contained in the full funding opportunity announcements for each project competition in this announcement.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico; Joint South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) and Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GMFMC), Scientific and Statistical Committee ad hoc Sub-Committee; Public Meeting
Document Number: E6-4350
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The SAFMC and GMFMC will hold a joint Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSC) ad hoc Sub-Committee meeting to determine appropriate king mackerel mixing rates for the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. The meeting will be held in Atlanta, GA. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E6-4349
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of the Coral Reef Ecosystem Plan Team (CREPT) in Honolulu, HI to discuss development of annual reports for coral reef ecosystem fisheries of the Western Pacific Region.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean; Southeastern Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) Steering Committee Meeting
Document Number: E6-4348
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The SEDAR Steering Committee will meet to discuss the SEDAR schedule of events for 2006; composition of the SEDAR 10, gag grouper, Review Panel; and scheduling of management activities for 2006. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.