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Change in Deadline for Public Comments on Condition of the Public Health Industrial Base and Recommend Policies and Actions To Strengthen the Public Health Industrial Base To Ensure Essential Medicines, Medical Countermeasures, and Critical Inputs Are Made in the United States
Document Number: 2020-29036
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
On December 2, 2020, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) within the Department of Commerce (Commerce), published the Notice of Request for Public Comments on Condition of the Public Health Industrial Base and Recommend Policies and Actions to Strengthen the Public Health Industrial Base to Ensure Essential Medicines, Medical Countermeasures, and Critical Inputs Are Made in the United States. The December 2 notice invited interested parties to submit written comments, data, analyses, or other information pertinent to the investigation to BIS. The deadline for written comments was December 23, 2020. In response to requests from the public for additional time, this notice reopens the deadline for the submission of public comment until January 15, 2021. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted and will be fully considered.
Final Results of Expedited Sunset Review of Countervailing Duty Order: Prestressed Concrete Steel Wire Strand From the People's Republic of China
Document Number: 2020-28984
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
As a result of this second sunset review, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) finds that revocation of the countervailing duty (CVD) order on prestressed concrete steel wire strand (PC strand) from the People's Republic of China (China) would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of a countervailable subsidy at the level indicated in the ``Final Results of Review'' section of this notice.
Diamond Sawblades and Parts Thereof From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review
Document Number: 2020-28980
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On November 20, 2020, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) published the initiation and preliminary results of a changed circumstances review (CCR) of the antidumping duty order on diamond sawblades and parts thereof (diamond sawblades) from the People's Republic of China (China). For these final results, Commerce continues to find that Protech Diamond Tools Inc. (Protech) and Gogo International Inc. (Gogo) are affiliated. Additionally, Commerce continues to find that Protech is eligible to participate in a certification process because Protech has demonstrated that it can identify diamond sawblades that it produced in Canada using non-Chinese cores and Chinese segments.
Prestressed Concrete Steel Wire Strand From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of the Expedited Second Sunset Review of the Antidumping Duty Order
Document Number: 2020-28979
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) finds that revocation of the antidumping duty order on prestressed concrete steel wire strand (PC strand) from the People's Republic of China (China) would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping at the levels indicated in the ``Final Results of Sunset Review'' section of this notice.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod in the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2020-28967
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is opening directed fishing for Pacific cod by various sectors in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to fully use the 2021 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod in the GOA.
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan; Amendment 29; 2021-22 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures; Correction
Document Number: 2020-28963
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS published a final rule on December 11, 2020 to establish the 2021-2022 harvest specifications and management measures for groundfish taken in the U.S. exclusive economic zone off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California. That final rule modified the boundaries of the commercial non-trawl rockfish conservation area (RCA) for limited entry fixed-gear and open-access vessels. In implementing these changes, NMFS incorrectly identified the seaward boundary of the commercial non-trawl RCA south of 34[deg]27' N lat. for limited entry fixed-gear vessels. This correction is necessary so that the implementing regulations are accurate and implement the action as intended by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council).
Fisheries Off West Coast States; Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries; Harvest Specifications for the Central Subpopulation of Northern Anchovy
Document Number: 2020-28901
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues this final rule to revise the annual reference points, including the overfishing limit (OFL), acceptable biological catch (ABC) and annual catch limit (ACL), for the central subpopulation of northern anchovy in the U.S. exclusive economic zone off the west coast under the Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery Management Plan. NMFS prepared this rulemaking in response to a September 2020 court decision (Oceana, Inc. v. Ross et al.) that vacated the OFL, ABC, and ACL for the central subpopulation of northern anchovy and ordered NMFS to promulgate a new rule in compliance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and Administrative Procedure Act. NMFS is implementing an OFL of 119,153 metric tons (mt), an ABC of 29,788 mt, and an ACL of 25,000 mt. If the ACL for this stock is reached or projected to be reached, then fishing will be closed until it reopens at the start of the next fishing season. This rule is intended to conserve and manage the central subpopulation of northern anchovy off the U.S. West Coast.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Increase in Sector Carryover of 2019 Annual Catch Entitlements and Carryover of Unused Leased-In Days-at-Sea by Common Pool Vessels
Document Number: 2020-28898
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This temporary rule implements emergency measures under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to revise portions of the fishing year 2019 carryover provisions in the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan into fishing year 2020. This action is necessary to address an emergency presenting conservation and management plans to the fishery. This action is intended to mitigate economic harm to the Northeast multispecies fishery participants by providing the opportunity to use sector Annual Catch Entitlement and unused leased-in Days-at-Sea that would have otherwise may have gone unused.
Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to Commercial Fishing Operations; Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan Regulations; Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act Provisions; American Lobster Fishery
Document Number: 2020-28775
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-12-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes to amend the regulations implementing the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan to reduce the incidental mortality and serious injury to North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis), fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus), and humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in northeast commercial lobster and crab trap/ pot fisheries to meet the goals of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. In addition, this action also proposes a small revision to Federal regulations implemented under the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commissions' Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Lobster to increase the maximum length of a lobster trap trawl groundline. This action is necessary to reduce the risks to North Atlantic right whales and other large whales associated with the presence of fishing gear in waters used by these animals.
Certain Walk-Behind Lawn Mowers and Parts Thereof From the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Postponement of Final Determination, and Extension of Provisional Measures
Document Number: 2020-28853
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that certain walk-behind lawn mowers and parts thereof (lawn mowers) from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnam) are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation (POI) is October 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination.
Certain Walk-Behind Lawn Mowers and Parts Thereof From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Postponement of Final Determination, and Extension of Provisional Measures
Document Number: 2020-28852
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that certain walk-behind lawn mowers and parts thereof (lawn mowers) from the People's Republic of China (China) are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation (POI) is October 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to the Service Pier Extension Project on Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, Washington
Document Number: 2020-28850
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as amended, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued a modified incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to United States Navy (Navy) to incidentally harass marine mammals incidental to the Service Pier Extension (SPE) project at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, Washington.
Stainless Steel Bar From India: Amended Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2018-2019
Document Number: 2020-28829
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is amending the final results of the administrative review of the antidumping duty (AD) order on stainless steel bar (SS Bar) from India to correct a ministerial error.
Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber From India: Final Results of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review; 2017-2018
Document Number: 2020-28789
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that Reliance Industries Limited (Reliance) received countervailable subsidies that are above de minimis during the period of review, November 6, 2017 through December 31, 2018.
United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), Article 10.12; Binational Panel Review: Notice of Request for Panel Review
Document Number: 2020-28030
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
A Request for Panel Review was filed on behalf of CGC Inc. with the Canadian Section of the USMCA Secretariat on November 26, 2020, pursuant to USMCA Article 10.12. Panel Review was requested of the decision to not conduct an interim review made by the CITT with respect to Certain Gypsum Board, Sheet, or Panel originating in or exported from the United States of America. The decision to not conduct an interim review was published in the Canada Gazette on October 31, 2020. The USMCA Secretariat has assigned case number CDA-USA-2020- 10.12-01 to this request.
Disclaimer Practice in Patents and Patent Applications
Document Number: 2020-27676
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-12-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) proposes to amend the rules of practice to expand when certain types of patent applicants and patentees may, subject to other conditions, obtain or enforce a second patent for an invention that is similar (i.e., patentably indistinct) to a first patent. Ordinarily, in examination before the USPTO, any application for a second patent covering such similar invention would be rejected. The proposed rule change is limited to the situation where owners of the first and second patents or patent applications are different but have an agreement to conduct research together (i.e., a joint research agreement). For this limited situation, the proposed rule change would increase the ability to file a document, called a terminal disclaimer, that ties the rights of a second patent to the first patent. Specifically, a terminal disclaimer causes the second patent to limit its enforceable patent term to end no later than the first patent's term and limits when the second patent can be enforced. The proposed rule change would expand when a terminal disclaimer is permitted to be filed in the joint research agreement situation by eliminating the requirement that the second patent or patent application be filed later than the first patent or patent application. The USPTO also proposes to amend its rules of practice to explicitly state existing practices in the rules regarding when certain affidavits and declarations, as well as terminal disclaimers, may be filed.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Critical Habitat for the Threatened Indo-Pacific Corals, Public Hearings and Extension of Public Comment Period
Document Number: 2020-28434
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We, NMFS, will hold two public hearings related to our proposed rule to designate critical habitat for seven threatened corals in U.S. waters in the Indo-Pacific (Acropora globiceps, Acropora jacquelineae, Acropora retusa, Acropora speciosa, Euphyllia paradivisa, Isopora crateriformis, and Seriatopora aculeata) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We are also extending the public comment period for this proposed rule by 30 days to February 25, 2021.
Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Northeast Fisheries Science Center Fisheries and Ecosystem Research, Atlantic Ocean
Document Number: 2020-28417
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has received a request from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) for regulations and associated Letter of Authorization (LOA) to take small numbers of marine mammals incidental to fishery and ecosystem research in the Atlantic Ocean over the course of five years from the date of issuance. Pursuant to regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is announcing receipt of the NEFSC's request for the development and implementation of regulations governing the incidental taking of marine mammals. NMFS invites the public to provide information, suggestions, and comments on the NEFSC's application and request.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Admission to Practice and Roster of Registered Patent Attorneys and Agents Admitted to Practice Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
Document Number: 2020-28412
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on the extension and revision of an existing information collection: 0651-0012 (Admission to Practice and Roster of Registered Patent Attorneys and Agents Admitted to Practice Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office). The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the information collection to OMB.
Non-Oriented Electrical Steel From People's Republic of China, Germany, Japan, Republic of Korea, Sweden, and Taiwan: Continuation of Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Orders
Document Number: 2020-28403
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
As a result of the determinations by the Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the International Trade Commission (ITC) that revocation of the antidumping duty (AD) orders on non-oriented electrical steel (NOES) from People's Republic of China (China), Germany, Japan, Republic of Korea (Korea), Sweden, and Taiwan and revocation of the countervailing duty (CVD) orders on NOES from China and Taiwan would likely lead to a continuation or recurrence of dumping, countervailable subsidies, and material injury to an industry in the United States, Commerce is publishing a notice of continuation of these AD and CVD orders.
Certain Frozen Warmwater Shrimp from the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and Final Determination of No Shipments; 2018-2019
Document Number: 2020-28402
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) finds that Shantou Red Garden Food Processing Co., Ltd. (Shantou RGFP) is not the successor in interest to Red Garden Food Processing Co., Ltd. Additionally, we find that that Shantou RGFP and Shantou Red Garden Foodstuff Co., Ltd. (collectively, Shantou Red Garden Foods) made sales of certain frozen warmwater shrimp (shrimp) from the People's Republic of China (China) at less than normal value during the period of review (POR) February 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019.
Notice of Petitions by Firms for Determination of Eligibility To Apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2020-28401
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has received petitions for certification of eligibility to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance from the firms listed below. Accordingly, EDA has initiated investigations to determine whether increased imports into the United States of articles like or directly competitive with those produced by each of the firms contributed importantly to the total or partial separation of the firms' workers, or threat thereof, and to a decrease in sales or production of each petitioning firm.
Multilayered Wood Flooring From the People's Republic of China: Notice of Court Decision Not in Harmony With the Final Results of the Second Antidumping Duty Administrative Review
Document Number: 2020-28400
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On December 10, 2020, the United States Court of International Trade (the Court) entered final judgment sustaining the final results of the second remand redetermination pursuant to court order by the Department of Commerce (Commerce) pertaining to the antidumping duty administrative review of multilayered wood flooring (MLWF) from the People's Republic of China (China) covering the period of review (POR), December 1, 2012 through November 30, 2013. Commerce is notifying the public that the final judgment in this case is not in harmony with Commerce's final results in the 2012-2013 administrative review of MLWF from China.
Fishing Capacity Reduction Program for the Longline Catcher Processor Subsector of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Non Pollock Groundfish Fishery
Document Number: 2020-28361
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues this notice to inform the public that there will be an increase of the fee rate required to repay the $35,000,000 reduction loan financing the non-pollock groundfish fishing capacity reduction program. Effective January 1, 2021, NMFS is increasing the Loan A fee rate to $0.024 per pound to ensure timely repayment of the loan. The fee rate for Loan B will remain unchanged at $0.001 per pound. The increased Loan A fee rate is due to the 20 percent decrease in non-pollock groundfish Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for 2021.
Light-Walled Rectangular Pipe and Tube From Mexico: Preliminary Results and Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2018-2019
Document Number: 2020-28347
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on light-walled rectangular pipe and tube from Mexico, covering the period August 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019. We preliminarily find that Regiomontana de Perfiles y Tubos S. de R.L. de C.V. (Regiopytsa) (successor-in-interest to Regiomontana de Perfiles y Tubos S.A. de C.V.) made sales of subject merchandise at less than normal value (NV) during the period of review (POR), and that Maquilacero S.A. de C.V. (Maquilacero) did not have sales of subject merchandise at less than normal value during the period of review. We are also rescinding this review for 12 companies where timely requests for withdrawals were filed by all parties who requested the reviews. We invite interested parties to comment on these preliminary results.
Dioctyl Terephthalate From the Republic of Korea: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2018-2019
Document Number: 2020-28335
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that Hanwha Chemical Corporation (Hanwha Chemical) made sales of subject merchandise at less than normal value (NV) during the August 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019 period of review (POR). Commerce preliminarily determines that sales of subject merchandise have not been made below NV by Aekyung Petrochemical Co., Ltd. (AKP) and LG Chem Ltd. (LG Chem) during the POR. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results of review.
Request for Comments on the National Strategy for Expanding American Innovation
Document Number: 2020-28298
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
On September 14, 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted the inaugural meeting of the National Council for Expanding American Innovation (NCEAI). The NCEAI consists of distinguished leaders from industry, academia, government, and nonprofit organizations. It was organized as an outgrowth of the Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science Success Act of 2018, which charged the USPTO with preparing a report concerning patenting and entrepreneurship activities among women, minorities, and veterans. The goal of the NCEAI is to help the USPTO develop a national strategy to build a more demographically, geographically, and economically inclusive innovation ecosystem. To assist in the development of this strategy, the USPTO is seeking input from the public.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic; Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2020-28297
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The SEDAR 71 assessment of the South Atlantic stock of gag grouper will consist of a data webinar and a series assessment webinars.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2020-28296
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council) Ad Hoc Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee and Technical Advisory Committee (Committees) will hold three online meetings, which are open to the public.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2020-28295
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council) Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel (HMSAS) and HMS Management Team (HMSMT) will conduct online meetings, which are open to the public.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2020-28294
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (MAFMC) Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel (NTAP) will hold a public meeting.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2020-28293
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Ecosystem Subcommittee of the Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council's) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold an online meeting to consult with the NMFS California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (CCIEA) team on how COVID-19 impacts may affect its annual Ecosystem Status Report to the Pacific Council. The meeting is open to the public.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings and Hearings
Document Number: 2020-28292
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) has begun its annual preseason management process for the 2021 ocean salmon fisheries. This document announces the availability of Pacific Council documents, as well as the anticipated dates and locations of upcoming Pacific Council meetings and public hearings hosted by the Pacific Council. These documents and events comprise the Pacific Council's complete schedule for determining the annual proposed and final modifications to ocean salmon fishery management measures. The agendas for the March and April 2021 Pacific Council meetings will be published in subsequent Federal Register documents prior to the actual meetings.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason Adjustment to the 2021 Gulf of Alaska Pollock and Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch Amounts
Document Number: 2020-28261
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is adjusting the 2021 total allowable catch (TAC) amounts for the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) pollock and Pacific cod fishery. This action is necessary because NMFS has determined these TACs are incorrectly specified, and will ensure the GOA pollock and Pacific cod TACs are the appropriate amount based on the best available scientific information for pollock and Pacific cod in the GOA. This action is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fisheries
Document Number: 2020-28215
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is transferring 19.5 metric tons (mt) of Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) from the 28.9-mt General category December 2021 subquota to the January through March 2021 subquota period. This action is based on consideration of the regulatory determination criteria regarding inseason adjustments and applies to Atlantic tunas General category (commercial) permitted vessels and Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Charter/Headboat category vessels with a commercial sale endorsement when fishing commercially for BFT.
Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis System
Document Number: 2020-28166
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
In this final rule, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) adopts the Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis (AIM) system by promulgating new regulations that establish a website for the AIM system that consists of an online aluminum import license application platform and public AIM monitor; require importers, customs brokers or their agents to apply for and obtain an import license for each entry of certain aluminum products into the United States through the AIM system website; require license applicants to identify, among other requirements, the country or countries where the largest and the second largest volume of primary aluminum used in the manufacture of the imported aluminum product was smelted (subject to certain exceptions) and the country where the aluminum product was most recently cast; allow for the public release of certain import license data on an aggregate basis, as appropriate, on the public AIM monitor; and apply the license requirement to all imports of basic aluminum products. Further, Commerce is adopting the aluminum import license application form in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). Lastly, Commerce is notifying parties that, after the AIM system is in place, Commerce will seek additional comment from parties on potential improvements or changes to the system in a subsequent notice.
Removal of Hong Kong as a Separate Destination Under the Export Administration Regulations
Document Number: 2020-28101
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
In this rule the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to remove the People's Republic of China (PRC or China) Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong from the list of destinations in the EAR. The amendments implement Sections 2 and 3 of Executive Order 13936 of July 14, 2020, in response to new security measures imposed on Hong Kong by the government of China. These new measures fundamentally undermine Hong Kong's autonomy increasing the risk sensitive U.S. technology and items will be diverted to unauthorized end uses and end users in China.
Addition of `Military End User' (MEU) List to the Export Administration Regulations and Addition of Entities to the MEU List
Document Number: 2020-28052
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
In this final rule, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding a new `Military End User' (MEU) List that includes the first tranche of entities. The U.S. Government has determined that these entities are `military end users' for purposes of the `military end user' control in the EAR that applies to specified items for exports, reexports, or transfers (in-country) to the People's Republic of China (China), Russia, and Venezuela when such items are destined for a `military end user.' The existing `military end-use' and `military end user' controls under the EAR, including BIS's authority to inform the public of a license requirement for an item due to an unacceptable risk of diversion to a `military end user' via amendment to the EAR, are essential for protecting U.S. national security interests. The addition of the new MEU List via amendment to the EAR and this first tranche of entities is also responsive to requests received from the public. This final rule will add one hundred and two `military end users' to the MEU List consisting of fifty-seven under China and forty-five under Russia. However, the establishment of the MEU List does not imply that other parties, not included on the list, are not subject to the `military end-use' and `military end user' controls under the EAR.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
Document Number: 2020-28229
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that a proposed evaluation and pending determination (PEPD) is available for public comment on a hatchery and genetic management plan (HGMP) for Skykomish River steelhead submitted under limit 6 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) 4(d) Rule. NMFS is also making an ESA section 10(a)(1)(A) permit application available for public comment. The permit application is for a trap and haul operation at Sunset Falls, also on the Skykomish River in Washington State.
Endangered Species; File No. 23861
Document Number: 2020-28228
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that NMFS has issued an Incidental Take Permit (ITP) (No. 23861) to Midwest Biodiversity Institute (MBI), pursuant to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973, as amended, for the incidental take of shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum), Gulf of Main Distinct population segment (GOM DPS) Atlantic sturgeon, or the New York Bight (NYB DPS) of Atlantic sturgeon. (A. oxyrinchus) and the GOM DPS Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) associated with the otherwise lawful sampling of non-ESA listed fish in the Lower Kennebec River. The permit is issued for a duration of 10 years.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Greater Atlantic Region Logbook Family of Forms
Document Number: 2020-28217
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Weather Modification Activities Reports
Document Number: 2020-28216
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
Approval of Subzone Status; MANE USA, Wayne and Parsippany, New Jersey
Document Number: 2020-28210
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Reorganization of Foreign-Trade Zone 208 Under Alternative Site Framework; New London, Connecticut
Document Number: 2020-28206
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason Adjustment to the 2021 Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Pollock, Atka Mackerel, and Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch Amounts
Document Number: 2020-28190
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is adjusting the 2021 total allowable catch (TAC) amounts for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) pollock, Atka mackerel, and Pacific cod fisheries. This action is necessary because NMFS has determined these TACs are incorrectly specified, and will ensure the BSAI pollock, Atka mackerel, and Pacific cod TACs are the appropriate amounts based on the best available scientific information. This action is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; West Coast Region Groundfish Trawl Fishery Monitoring and Catch Accounting Program
Document Number: 2020-28175
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.