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National Defense Stockpile Market Impact Committee Request for Public Comments on the Potential Market Impact of Proposed Stockpile Disposals in FY 2004 and FY 2005

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AGENCY:

U.S. Department of Commerce.

ACTION:

Notice of inquiry.

SUMMARY:

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 comments on the potential market impact of proposed changes in the disposal levels of excess materials under the Fiscal Year 2004 Annual Materials Plan and proposed disposal levels under the Fiscal Year 2005 Annual Materials Plan.

DATES:

Comments must be received by November 17, 2003.

ADDRESSES:

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

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

The co-chairs of the National Defense Stockpile Market Impact Committee. Contact either Richard V. Meyers, Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-3634; or James Steele, Office of Bilateral Trade Affairs, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State, (202) 647-2690.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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, industrial, 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 Department of Homeland Security, 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.”

The National Defense Stockpile Administrator is proposing (1) revision of the previously approved FY 2004 Annual Materials Plan (“AMP”) quantities for four materials, and (2) the new FY 2005 AMP, as set forth in Attachment 1. The Committee is seeking public comments on the potential market impact of the sale of these materials as proposed in the revision of Start Printed Page 59582the FY 2004 AMP and the FY 2005 AMP.

The AMP quantities are not targets for either sale or disposal. 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 of the offering 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 17, 2003 to ensure full consideration by the Committee, interested parties are encouraged to submit 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 comments are 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. 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. The Committee will seek to protect such information to the extent permitted by law.

The records related to this Notice will be made accessible in accordance with the regulations published in Part 4 of Title 15 of the Code of Federal Regulations (15 CFR 4.1, et seq.). Specifically, the Bureau of Industry and Security's Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) reading room is located on its Web page, which can be found at http://www.bis.doc.gov, and copies of the public comments received will be maintained at that location (see Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) heading). If requesters cannot access the web site, they may call (202) 482-2165 for assistance.

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Dated: October 9, 2003.

Matthew S. Borman,

Acting Assistant Secretary for Industry and Security, Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce.

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Attachment 1—Proposed Revision to FY 2004 Annual Material Plan (AMP) and Proposed FY 2005 AMP

MaterialUnitsCurrent FY 2004 quantityRevised FY 2004 quantityProposed FY 2005 quantity
Aluminum Oxide, AbrasiveST6,0001 6,000
Bauxite, RefractoryLCT1 43,0001 43,000
Beryl OreST1 4,0001 4,000
Beryllium MetalST4040
Beryllium Copper Master AlloyST1 1,2001 1,200
CadmiumLB1 400,0000
CelestiteSDT1 12,7941 6,000
Chromite, ChemicalSDT1 100,0001 100,000
Chromite, RefractorySDT1 100,0001 100,000
Chromium, FerroST150,000110,000110,000
Chromium, MetalST500500
CobaltLB Co6,000,0006,000,000
Columbium Concentrates (Minerals)LB Cb560,000560,000
Columbium Metal IngotsLB Cb20,00020,000
Diamond Stonect1 600,0001 400,000
Fluorspar, Acid GradeSDT1 12,0001 12,000
Fluorspar, Metallurgical GradeSDT1 60,0001 60,000
GermaniumKG8,0008,000
GraphiteST1 2,0000
IodineLB1,000,0001,000,000
Jewel BearingsPC1 82,051,5581 82,051,558
KyaniteSDT0500
LeadST60,0001 60,000
Manganese, Battery Grade NaturalSDT30,00030,000
Manganese, Battery Grade SyntheticSDT1 3,0111 3,011
Manganese, Chemical GradeSDT40,0001 40,000
Manganese, FerroST50,00050,000
Manganese, Metal ElectrolyticST2,0001 2,000
Manganese, Metallurgical GradeSDT1 250,0001 250,000
Mica (All Types)LB1 5,000,0001 1,000,000
PalladiumTr Oz13 200,00013 100,000
PlatinumTr Oz1 25,0001 25,000
Platinum—IridiumTr Oz6,0006,000
Quartz CrystalsLB1 150,0001 25,000
QuinidineOz1 2,211,1220
Sebacic AcidLB600,0001 600,000
TalcST1 1,0001 1,000
Tantalum Carbide PowderLB Ta1 4,0001 4,000
Tantalum Metal IngotsLB Ta1 40,0001 40,000
Tantalum Metal PowderLB Ta1 40,0001 40,000
Tantalum MineralsLB Ta500,0001 500,000
Tantalum OxideLB Ta20,00020,0001
Thorium NitrateLB12 7,100,00012 7,100,000
TinMT12,00012,000
Titanium SpongeST7,0001 7,000
Tungsten, FerroLB W300,000300,000
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Tungsten, Metal PowderLB W300,000300,000
Tungsten Ores & ConcentratesLB W4,000,0004,000,000
Vegetable Tannin Extract, ChestnutLT02501 250
Vegetable Tannin Extract, QuebrachoLT50,0001 50,000
Vegetable Tannin Extract, WattleLT06,5001 6,500
ZincST50,00050,000
Notes:
1 Actual quantity will be limited to remaining sales authority or inventory.
2 The radioactive nature of this material may restrict sales or disposal options. Efforts are underway to determine the environmentally and economically feasible disposition of the material.
3 Pending legislative authority.
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[FR Doc. 03-26106 Filed 10-15-03; 8:45 am]

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