[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 166 (Monday, August 27, 2012)]
[Pages 51824-51825]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-20956]



[Investigation No. 332-533]

Environmental and Related Services

AGENCY: United States International Trade Commission.

ACTION: Institution of investigation and scheduling of public hearing.


SUMMARY: Following receipt of a request on July 30, 2012 from the U.S. 
Trade Representative (USTR) under section 332(g) of the Tariff Act of 
1930 (19 U.S.C. 1332(g)), the U.S. International Trade Commission 
(Commission) instituted investigation No. 332-533, Environmental and 
Related Services.

DATES: October 4, 2012: Deadline for filing requests to appear at the 
public hearing.

October 10, 2012: Deadline for filing pre-hearing briefs and 
October 22, 2012: Public hearing.
October 30, 2012: Deadline for filing post-hearing briefs and 
statements and all other written submissions.
March 29, 2013: Transmittal of Commission report to USTR.

ADDRESSES: All Commission offices, including the Commission's hearing 
rooms, are located in the United States International Trade Commission 
Building, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC. All written submissions 
should be addressed to the Secretary, United States International Trade 
Commission, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436. The public record 
for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission's electronic 
docket (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov/edis3-internal/app.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Project Leader Jennifer Powell (202-
205-3450 or Jennifer.Powell@usitc.gov) or Deputy Project Leader Joann 
Peterson (202-205-3032 or Joann.Peterson@usitc.gov) for information 
specific to this investigation. For information on the legal aspects of 
this investigation, contact William Gearhart of the Commission's Office 
of the General Counsel (202-205-3091 or william.gearhart@usitc.gov). 
The media should contact Margaret O'Laughlin, Office of External 
Relations (202-205-1819 or margaret.olaughlin@usitc.gov). Hearing-
impaired individuals may obtain information on this matter by 
contacting the Commission's TDD terminal at 202-205-1810. General 
information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing 
its Internet server (http://www.usitc.gov). Persons with mobility 
impairments who will need special assistance in gaining access to the 
Commission should contact the Office of the Secretary at 202-205-2000.
    Background: In his letter the USTR requested that the Commission 
prepare two reports, one on environmental and related services, and a 
second on renewable energy and related services, and deliver the 
reports in 8 and 11 months, respectively, after receipt of the letter. 
This notice announces the institution of an investigation and schedule, 
including the date for a public hearing, relating to the preparation of 
the first report; the Commission will announce the institution of a 
second investigation and schedule relating to preparation of the second 
report in a second notice.
    As requested by the USTR, the Commission will provide a first 
report, on environmental and related services, that, to the extent 
     Estimates the size of the U.S. and global markets for 
certain environmental and related services--including water and 
wastewater services, solid and hazardous waste services, and 
remediation services--identifies top suppliers and key country markets 
for such services, investigates factors affecting supply and demand in 
these market segments, and highlights market developments that have 
occurred within the last five years;
     Estimates the value of trade and investment in the subject 
environmental services segments, identifies key export and import 
markets for such services, and discusses recent trends in environmental 
services trade and investment; and
     Identifies barriers to trade and investment in the subject 
environmental services segments, discusses recent efforts to liberalize 
trade and investment in environmental services, and investigates the 
potential impact of further liberalization in environmental services.
    As requested, the Commission expects to deliver this first report 
to the USTR no later than March 29, 2013.
    Public Hearing: A public hearing in connection with this 
investigation will be held at the U.S. International Trade Commission 
Building, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on 
October 22, 2012. Requests to appear at the public hearing should be 
filed with the Secretary no later than 5:15 p.m., October 4, 2012. All 
pre-hearing briefs and statements should be filed not later than 5:15 
p.m., October 10, 2012 and all post-hearing briefs and statements 
should be filed not later than 5:15 p.m., October 30, 2012; all such 
pre- and post-hearing briefs and statements must be filed in accordance 
with the requirements in the ``Submissions'' section below. In the 
event that, as of the close of business on October 4, 2012 no witnesses 
are scheduled to appear at the hearing, the hearing will be canceled. 
Any person interested in attending the hearing as an observer or 
nonparticipant should contact the Office of the Secretary at 202-205-
2000 after October 4, 2012, for

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information concerning whether the hearing will be held.
    Written Submissions: In lieu of or in addition to participating in 
the hearing, interested parties are invited to file written submissions 
concerning this investigation. All written submissions should be 
addressed to the Secretary, and should be received not later than 5:15 
p.m., October 30, 2012. All written submissions must conform with the 
provisions of section 201.8 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and 
Procedure (19 CFR 201.8). Section 201.8 and the Commission's Handbook 
on Filing Procedures require that interested parties file documents 
electronically on or before the filing deadline and submit eight (8) 
true paper copies by 12:00 noon eastern time on the next business day. 
In the event that confidential treatment of a document is requested, 
interested parties must file, at the same time as the eight paper 
copies, at least four (4) additional true paper copies in which the 
confidential information must be deleted (see the following paragraph 
for further information regarding confidential business information). 
Persons with questions regarding electronic filing should contact the 
Secretary (202-205-2000).
    Any submissions that contain confidential business information 
(CBI) must also conform with the requirements in section 201.6 of the 
Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 C.F.R. 201.6). Section 
201.6 of the rules requires that the cover of the document and the 
individual pages be clearly marked as to whether they are the 
``confidential'' or ``non-confidential'' version, and that the 
confidential business information be clearly identified by means of 
brackets. All written submissions, except for confidential business 
information, will be made available for inspection by interested 
    In the request letter, the USTR stated that his office intends to 
make the Commission's report available to the public in its entirety, 
and asked that the Commission not include any confidential business 
information or national security classified information in the report 
that the Commission sends to the USTR. Any confidential business 
information received by the Commission in this investigation and used 
in preparing this report will not be published in a manner that would 
reveal the operations of the firm supplying the information.

    By order of the Commission.
    Issued: August 21, 2012.
Lisa R. Barton,
Acting Secretary to the Commission.
[FR Doc. 2012-20956 Filed 8-24-12; 8:45 am]