Department of Commerce November 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents
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New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a 3-day meeting to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Certain Circular Welded Carbon Steel Pipes and Tubes From Taiwan: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2011-2012
On June 7, 2013, the Department of Commerce (the Department) published the preliminary results of the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain circular welded carbon steel pipes and tubes from Taiwan for the period of review (POR) May 1, 2011, through April 30, 2012.\1\ For these final results, we find that subject merchandise has been sold at less than normal value.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; St. George Reef Light Station Restoration and Maintenance at Northwest Seal Rock, Del Norte County, California
In accordance with the regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) as amended, notification is hereby given that we, NMFS, have issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization (Authorization) to the St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society (Society) to take four species of marine mammals, by Level B harassment only, incidental to conducting helicopter operations, and lighthouse renovation and light maintenance activities on the St. George Reef Light Station on Northwest Seal Rock (NWSR) offshore of Crescent City, California in the northeast Pacific Ocean, from the period of November 2013 through December 2013.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to a Wharf Recapitalization Project
In accordance with the regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) as amended, notification is hereby given that we have issued an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to the U.S. Navy (Navy) to incidentally harass, by Level B harassment only, two species of marine mammals during construction activities associated with a wharf recapitalization project at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 2013 Commercial Accountability Measure and Closure for South Atlantic Vermilion Snapper
NMFS implements accountability measures (AMs) for the commercial sector for vermilion snapper in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic. Commercial landings for vermilion snapper, as estimated by the Science Research Director (SRD), are projected to reach the commercial annual catch limit (ACL) for the July 1 through December 31, 2013, fishing period on December 2, 2013. Therefore, NMFS closes the commercial sector for vermilion snapper in the South Atlantic EEZ on December 2, 2013, and it will remain closed until the start of the January 1 through June 30, 2014, fishing period. This closure is necessary to protect the vermilion snapper resource.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 2013 Commercial Accountability Measure and Closure for South Atlantic Red Porgy
NMFS implements accountability measures (AMs) for the commercial sector for red porgy in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic. Commercial landings for red porgy, as estimated by the Science Research Director (SRD), are projected to reach the commercial annual catch limit (ACL) on December 2, 2013. Therefore, NMFS closes the commercial sector for red porgy in the South Atlantic EEZ on December 2, 2013, and it will remain closed through December 31, 2013. This closure is necessary to protect the red porgy resource.
Secretarial Infrastructure Business Development Mission to Mexico
The United States Department of Commerce, Office of the Secretary, Office of Business Liaison, is amending the Notice published at 78 FR 48855, August 12, 2013, regarding the Secretarial Infrastructure Business Development Mission to Mexico originally scheduled for November 18-22, 2013, has been rescheduled for February 3-7, 2014.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Steel Threaded Rod from India: Postponement of Preliminary Determination of Antidumping Duty Investigation
Changes To Implement the Hague Agreement Concerning International Registration of Industrial Designs
Title I of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 (``PLTIA'') amends the patent laws to implement the provisions of the 1999 Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning International Registration of Industrial Designs (``Hague Agreement'') and is to take effect on the entry into force of the Hague Agreement with respect to the United States. The Hague Agreement provides that an applicant is entitled to apply for design protection in Hague Agreement member countries and with intergovernmental organizations by filing a single, standardized international design application in a single language. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) proposes changes to the rules of practice to implement title I of the PLTIA.
Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires From the People's Republic of China: Notice of Decision of the Court of International Trade Not in Harmony and Notice of Amended Final Determination
On October 30, 2013, the United States Court of International Trade (CIT) entered final judgment sustaining a remand redetermination of the Department of Commerce (Department) relating to the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation on certain new pneumatic off- the-road tires (OTR tires) from the People's Republic of China.\1\ Consistent with the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) in Timken Co. v. United States, 893 F.2d 337 (Fed. Cir. 1990) (Timken), as clarified by Diamond Sawblades Mfrs. Coalition v. United States, 626 F.3d 1374 (Fed. Cir. 2010) (Diamond Sawblades), the Department is notifying the public that the final CIT judgment in this case is not in harmony with the Department's final affirmative determination in the CVD investigation of OTR tires from the PRC and is amending its final determination with respect to the total net countervailable subsidy rate calculated for Tianjin United Tire & Rubber International Co., Ltd. (TUTRIC).
Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Silica Bricks and Shapes From the People's Republic of China
On June 20, 2013, the Department of Commerce (``Department'') published its preliminary determination of sales at less than fair value (``LTFV'') in the antidumping duty investigation of silica bricks and shapes from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'').\1\ The Department invited interested parties to comment on the Preliminary Determination. Based on the Department's analysis of the comments received, the Department made changes to the Preliminary Determination. The Department determines that silica bricks and shapes from the PRC are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at LTFV, as provided in section 735 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the ``Act''). The final weighted-average dumping margins for this investigation are listed in the ``Final Determination'' section below.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder Fishery; Commercial Quota Harvested for the State of New Jersey
NMFS announces that the 2013 summer flounder commercial quota allocated to the State of New Jersey has been harvested. Vessels issued a commercial Federal fisheries permit for the summer flounder fishery may not land summer flounder in New Jersey for the remainder of calendar year 2013, unless additional quota becomes available through a transfer from another state. Regulations governing the summer flounder fishery require publication of this notification to advise New Jersey that the quota has been harvested and to advise vessel permit holders and dealer permit holders that no Federal commercial quota is available for landing summer flounder in New Jersey.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Rocky Intertidal Monitoring Surveys on the South Farallon Islands, California
NMFS has received an application from the National Ocean Service's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS) for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to rocky intertidal monitoring work and searching for black abalone, components of the Sanctuary Ecosystem Assessment Surveys. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an IHA to GFNMS to incidentally take, by Level B harassment only, marine mammals during the specified activity.
Marine Mammals; File No. 18182
Notice is hereby given that Marilyn Mazzoil, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University, 5600 US 1 North, Fort Pierce, Florida 34946, has applied in due form for a permit to conduct scientific research on bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus).
Emerging Technology and Research Advisory Committee; Notice of Open Meeting
Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
President's Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration; Notice of Open Meeting-Teleconference
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Certain Activated Carbon From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2011-2012
The Department of Commerce (``Department'') published its Preliminary Results of the fifth antidumping duty administrative review on certain activated carbon from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'') on May 8, 2013,\1\ in which we gave interested parties an opportunity to comment on the Preliminary Results. Based upon our analysis of the comments and information received, we made changes to the margin calculations for these final results of the antidumping duty administrative review. The final weighted-average dumping margins are listed below in the ``Final Results of the Reviews'' section of this notice. The period of review (``POR'') is April 1, 2011, through March 31, 2012.
Application(s) for Duty-Free Entry of Scientific Instruments
University of California, Berkely, et al.; Notice of Decision on Application for Duty-Free Entry of Scientific Instruments
Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 93-Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina; Notification of Proposed Production Activity; GlaxoSmithKline, PLC (Pharmaceutical Products); Zebulon, North Carolina
Notification of Proposed Production Activity, Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc., Subzone 29F, (Automotive Electric-Hybrid Drive System Components), Harrodsburg, Kentucky
Reorganization of Foreign-Trade Zone 18 (Expansion of Service Area) Under Alternative Site Framework, San Jose, California
Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Missile Launch Operations From San Nicolas Island, CA
In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as amended, and implementing regulations, notification is hereby given that a letter of authorization (LOA) has been issued to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, U.S. Navy (Navy), to take three species of seals and sea lions incidental to missile launch operations from San Nicolas Island (SNI), California, a military readiness activity.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Target and Missile Launch Activities at San Nicolas Island, California
NMFS has received a request from the U.S. Navy (Navy), Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to missile launches from San Nicolas Island (SNI) from June 2014 through January 2019. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is announcing our receipt of the Navy's request for the development and implementation of regulations governing the incidental taking of marine mammals and inviting information, suggestions, and comments on the Navy's application and request.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; 2014 Atlantic Shark Commercial Fishing Seasons
This final rule establishes opening dates and adjusts quotas for the 2014 fishing season for the Atlantic commercial shark fisheries. The quota adjustments are based on over- and/or underharvests experienced during 2013 and previous fishing seasons. In addition, NMFS establishes season opening dates based on adaptive management measures to provide, to the extent practicable, fishing opportunities for commercial shark fishermen in all regions and areas. These actions could affect fishing opportunities for commercial shark fishermen in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean, including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.
Fisheries Off West Coast States; Modifications of the West Coast Commercial and Recreational Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Actions #12 Through #34
NOAA Fisheries announces 23 inseason actions in the ocean salmon fisheries. These inseason actions modified the commercial and recreational salmon fisheries in the area from the U.S./Canada Border to the U.S./Mexico Border.
Notice of Petitions by Firms for Determination of Eligibility To Apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance
United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board: Meeting of the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board
This notice sets forth the schedule and agenda for an open meeting of the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (Board). This will be the last meeting of the current members of the Board prior to the end of their appointment terms. During this meeting, the Board will discuss and deliberate on proposed recommendations addressing infrastructure, sustainability, expanded travel facilitation efforts, communications, business inputs to federal programs and policies, public-private partnerships, workforce, small business and data. The Board will also provide final observations on the work of the Board over the course of the Board members' appointment terms, hear updates from representatives of the U.S. government on the status of the Board's past recommendations, the implementation of the National Travel and Tourism Strategy and the progress on implementing the President's Executive Order 13597 on establishing visa and foreign visitor processing goals and the Task Force on Travel and Competitiveness. The agenda may change to accommodate Board business. The final agenda will be posted on the Department of Commerce Web site for the Board at https://tinet.ita.doc.gov/TTAB/TTAB_Home.html, at least one week in advance of the meeting.
United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board
The Department of Commerce is currently seeking applications for membership on the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (Board). The purpose of the Board is to advise the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the travel and tourism industry.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
The New England Fishery Management Council's (Council) Groundfish Oversight Committee and Electronic Monitoring Working Group (EMWG) will meet to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Online Webinar
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council's) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Groundfish Subcommittee will hold an online webinar to review a final draft of the 2013 cowcod rebuilding analysis, data-poor overfishing limit (OFL) estimates for kelp greenling and the Washington stock of cabezon, and other business in preparation for the SSC's March 2014 meeting. The online SSC Groundfish Subcommittee webinar is open to the public.
Trade Mission to Colombia, Peru, Chile, Panama, and Ecuador in Conjunction With Trade Winds-The Americas, May 15-23, 2014
Automotive Trade Mission to New Delhi, Pune and Chennai, India
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Cost-Earnings Surveys of Hawaii and American Samoa Small Boat-Based Fisheries
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.
Multilayered Wood Flooring From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2011-2012
The Department of Commerce (``the Department'') is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on multilayered wood flooring (``MLWF'') from the People's Republic of China (``PRC''). The period of review (``POR'') is May 26, 2011, through November 30, 2012. We have preliminarily found that three respondents, Armstrong Wood Products (Kunshan) Co., Ltd. (``Armstrong''), Fine Furniture (Shanghai) Limited (``Fine Furniture'') and Zhejiang Layo Wood Industry Co., Ltd. (``Layo Wood''), have made sales of subject merchandise at less than normal value (``NV''), while another respondent, Nanjing Minglin Wooden Industry Co. Ltd. (``Minglin'') has not made sales of subject merchandise at less than normal value (``NV'').
Steel Wire Garment Hangers From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and New Shipper Review; 2011-2012
The Department of Commerce (the ``Department'') is conducting the fourth administrative review and the first new shipper review (``NSR'') of the antidumping duty order on steel wire garment hangers from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'').\1\ There is one participating mandatory respondent in this review, the Shanghai Wells Group.\2\ We selected seven additional companies as mandatory respondents but, they did not participate.\3\ Also under review is the new shipper company Hangzhou Yingqing Material Co. Ltd. (``Yingqing''). The Department has preliminarily determined that Yingqing and Shanghai Wells sold subject merchandise in the United States at prices below normal value during the period of review (``POR''), October 1, 2011, through September 30, 2012. Additionally, seven companies were selected for review, but did not fully cooperate and have been determined to be part of the PRC-wide entity.\4\ If these preliminary results are adopted in our final results of review, we will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (``CBP'') to assess antidumping duties on all appropriate entries of subject merchandise during the POR. We invite interested parties to comment on these preliminary results.
United States-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue
This notice announces a request for public stakeholder input to the Federal Register notice on the United States-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Herring Fishery; Adjustments to 2014 Sub-Annual Catch Limits
This action proposes to adjust 2014 sub-annual catch limits (ACLs) for the Atlantic herring (herring) fishery to account for catch overages and underharvest in 2012. Three of the four sub-ACLs are being decreased and one sub-ACL is being increased. This would result in an increase to the overall catch available to the herring fleet.
Fishing Capacity Reduction Program for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery
NMFS issues this notice to inform interested parties that the Washington pink shrimp sub-loan in the fishing capacity reduction program for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery has been repaid. Therefore, buyback fee collections on Washington pink shrimp will cease for all landings after October 31, 2013.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Shark Management Measures; 2014 Research Fishery
NMFS announces its request for applications for the 2014 shark research fishery from commercial shark fishermen with directed or incidental shark limited access permits. The shark research fishery allows for the collection of fishery-dependent and biological data for future stock assessments to meet NMFS's shark research objectives. The only commercial vessels authorized to land sandbar sharks are those participating in the shark research fishery. Shark research fishery permittees may also land other large coastal sharks (LCS), small coastal sharks (SCS), and pelagic sharks. Commercial shark fishermen who are interested in participating in the shark research fishery need to submit a completed Shark Research Fishery Permit Application in order to be considered.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Charter Implementation Committee will meet in Anchorage, AK.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Implementation Team will meet in Anchorage, AK.
International Fisheries; Pacific Tuna Fisheries; 2013 Bigeye Tuna Longline Fishery Closure in the Eastern Pacific Ocean; Correction
This action corrects a date in a rule published in the Federal Register on November 4, 2013, to close the bigeye tuna longline fishery in the Eastern Pacific Ocean for the remainder of 2013.
Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise
The National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise (NACMBE) will hold its eighth meeting via conference call to discuss and reach consensus on recommendations for the Secretary of the Department of Commerce regarding the growth of minority-owned businesses in domestic and global markets. The members of the Council will finalize the recommendations, fulfilling NACMBE's charter mandate, in preparation for submission to the Secretary of Commerce. The agenda for the meeting may change to accommodate Council business.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meetings
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council), its Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Committee, and its Executive Committee will hold public meetings.