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Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security, Bureau of Export Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.


Notice of request for public comment on the potential market impact of proposed disposals of excess commodities currently held in the National Defense Stockpile under the Fiscal Year 2002 Annual Materials Plan (AMP) and revisions to commodity disposals approved under the FY 2001 AMP.


This notice is to advise the public that the National Defense Stockpile Market Impact Committee (co-chaired by the Departments of Commerce and State) is seeking public comment on the potential market impact of proposed disposals of excess materials from the National Defense Stockpile as set forth in Attachment 1 to this notice.


Comments must be received by November 1, 2000.


Written comments should be sent to Richard V. Meyers, Co-Chair, Stockpile Market Impact Committee, Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security, Room 3876, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; FAX (202) 482-5650.

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Richard V. Meyers, Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-3634; or Terri L. Robl, Office of International Energy and Commodity Policy, U.S. Department of State, (202) 647-3423; co-chairs of the National Defense Stockpile Market Impact Committee.

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Under the authority of the Strategic and Critical Materials Stock Piling Act of 1979, as amended, (50 U.S.C. 98 et seq.), the Department of Defense (DOD), as National Defense Stockpile Manager, maintains a stockpile of strategic and critical materials to supply the military, Start Printed Page 58732industrial, and essential civilian needs of the United States for national defense. Section 3314 of the Fiscal Year (FY) 1993 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (50 U.S.C. 98h-1) formally established a Market Impact Committee (the Committee) to “advise the National Defense Stockpile Manager on the projected domestic and foreign economic effects of all acquisitions and disposals of materials from the stockpile * * *.” The Committee must also balance market impact concerns with the statutory requirement to protect the Government against avoidable loss.

The Committee is comprised of representatives from the Departments of Commerce, State, Agriculture, Defense, Energy, Interior, Treasury, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and is co-chaired by the Departments of Commerce and State. The FY 1993 NDAA directs the Committee to “consult from time to time with representatives of producers, processors and consumers of the types of materials stored in the stockpile.”

Attachment 1 lists the current FY 2001 AMP quantities (previously approved by the Committee), proposed revisions to the FY 2001 AMP quantities for 5 materials, and the proposed FY 2002 AMP. The Committee is seeking public comment on the potential market impact of the sale of these materials as proposed in the revised FY 2001 AMP and FY 2002 AMP.

The quantities listed in Attachment 1 are not sales target disposal quantities. They are only a statement of the proposed maximum disposal quantity of each listed material that may be sold in a particular fiscal year. The quantity of each material that will actually be offered for sale will depend on the market for the material at the time as well as on the quantity of each material approved for disposal by Congress.

The Committee requests that interested parties provide written comments, supporting data and documentation, and any other relevant information on the potential market impact of the sale of these commodities. Although comments in response to this Notice must be received by November 1, 2000, to ensure full consideration by the Committee, interested parties are encouraged to submit additional comments and supporting information at any time thereafter to keep the Committee informed as to the market impact of the sale of these commodities. Public comment is an important element of the Committee's market impact review process.

Public comments received will be made available at the Department of Commerce for public inspection and copying. Material that is national security classified or business confidential will be exempted from public disclosure. Anyone submitting business confidential information should clearly identify the business confidential portion of the submission and also provide a non-confidential submission that can be placed in the public file. Communications from agencies of the United States Government will not be made available for public inspection.

The public record concerning this notice will be maintained in the Bureau of Export Administration's Records Inspection Facility, Room 4525, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230, telephone (202) 482-5653. The records in this facility may be inspected and copied in accordance with the regulations published in Part 4 of Title 15 of the Code of Federal Regulations (15 CFR 4.1 et seq.).

Information about the inspection and copying of records at the facility may be obtained from Ms. Margaret Cornejo, the Bureau of Export Administration's Freedom of Information Officer, at the above address and telephone number.

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Dated: September 27, 2000.

Daniel Hill,

Director, Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security.

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Attachment 1.—Proposed Annual Material Plans for FY 2001 Revised and FY 2002

MaterialUnitsCurrently FY 2001 quantityRevised FY 2001 quantityProposed FY 2002 quantity
Aluminum Oxide, AbrasiveST6,0006,000
Bauxite, Metallurgical (Jamaican)LDT2,000,0002,000,000
Bauxite, Metallurgical (Surinam)LDT1 1,000,0001 1,000,000
Beryl OreST4,0004,000
Beryllium MetalST4040
Beryllium Copper Master AlloyST2,2002,200
Chromite, ChemicalSDT1 100,0001 100,000
Chromite, MetallurgicalSDT250,0001 100,000
Chromite, RefractorySDT100,000100,000
Chromium, FerroST150,000150,000
Chromium, MetalST500500
CobaltLB Co6,000,0006,000,000
Columbium, Carbide PowderLB Cb21,500121,5001
Columbium Concentrates (Minerals)LB Cb375,000450,000450,000
Columbium Metal IngotsLB Cb20,00020,000
Diamond Stonect1,000,0001 510,000
Fluorspar, Acid GradeSDT01 12,0001 12,000
Fluorspar, MetallurgicalSDT60,00060,000
Jewel BearingsPC1 52,000,0001 52,000,000
Manganese, Battery Grade NaturalSDT30,00030,000
Manganese, Battery Grade SyntheticSDT1 3,0110
Manganese, Chemical GradeSDT40,00040,000
Manganese, FerroST50,000100,000100,000
Manganese, Metal ElectrolyticST2,0002,000
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Manganese, Metallurgical GradeSDT250,000250,000
Mica (All Types)LB4,000,0004,000,000
PalladiumTr Oz300,000300,000
PlatinumTr Oz125,00095,000
QuinineOz1,000,0001 200,000
RubberLT01 70,0001 70,000
Sebacic AcidLB600,000600,000
Silver (for coinage)Tr Oz10,000,00013,000,0005,000,000
TalcST1 1,0001 1,000
Tantalum Carbide PowderLB Ta4,0004,000
Tantalum Metal IngotsLB Ta40,00040,000
Tantalum Metal PowderLB Ta50,00050,000
Tantalum MineralsLB Ta300,000400,000400,000
Tantalum OxideLB Ta20,00020,000
Thorium Nitrate 2LB1 7,093,4641 7,093,464
Titanium SpongeST5,0005,000
Tungsten, Carbide PowderLB W1,000,0001,000,000
Tungsten, FerroLB W300,000300,000
Tungsten, Metal PowderLB W150,000150,000
Tungsten Ores & ConcentratesLB W4,000,0004,000,000
Vegetable Tannin Extract, ChestnutLT1 1,1000
Vegetable Tannin Extract, QuebracLT10,00010,000
Vegetable Tannin Extract, WattleLT1 6,5001 6,500
Zirconium (Baddeleyite)SDT1 17,3830
1 FY 2001 entries (current or proposed revision) are an adjustment to available inventory. For FY 2002 entries, actual quantity will be limited to remaining sales authority or inventory.
2 The radioactive nature of this material may restrict sales or disposal options.
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[FR Doc. 00-25233 Filed 9-29-00; 8:45 am]