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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 2005 and FY 2006

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AGENCY:

Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce.

ACTION:

Notice of inquiry.

SUMMARY:

The purpose of 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 2005 Annual Materials Plan and proposed disposal levels under the Fiscal Year 2006 Annual Materials Plan. Comments received in response to this notice will be taken into consideration by the National Defense Stockpile Market Impact Committee when it meets to discuss recommendations to the National Defense Stockpile Manager regarding the disposition of materials in the National Defense Stockpile.

DATES:

Comments must be received by December 17, 2004.

ADDRESSES:

Written comments should be sent to William J. Denk, 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: wdenk@bis.doc.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Contact either Eddy Aparicio, Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce, telephone: (202) 482-8234; e-mail: eaparici@bis.doc.gov; or E. James Steele, Co-chair, Stockpile Market Impact Committee, Office of Bilateral Trade Affairs, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State, fax: (202) 647-8758; e-mail: steeleej2@state.gov.

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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 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.”

In Attachment 1, the Defense National Stockpile Center (DNSC) lists the current quantities in the stockpile inventory, the previously approved FY 2005 AMP quantities for five materials, and the proposed revisions to the FY 2005 AMP for five materials. In Attachment 2, the proposed quantities for the FY 2006 AMP are enumerated. The Committee is seeking public comments on the potential market impact of the sale of these materials.

The quantities listed in Attachments 1 and 2 are not disposal or sale target 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 by the DNSC. 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 December 17, 2004 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. Start Printed Page 67302

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 record. 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 site found at http://www.bis.doc.gov/​foia/​default.htm. Copies of the public comments received will be maintained on the Web site. If requesters cannot access the Web site, they may call (202) 482-2165 for assistance.

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Dated: November 12, 2004.

Peter Lichtenbaum,

Assistant Secretary for Export Administration.

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Attachment 1

Proposed Revisions to FY 2005 Annual Materials Plan

MaterialUnitCurrent FY 2005 (quantity)Previously approved FY 2005 (quantity)Proposed revised FY 2005 (quantity)
Aluminum Oxide, AbrasiveST6,000
Bauxite, Metallurgical JamaicanLDT03 2,000,000
Bauxite, Metallurgical SurinamLDT03 400,000
Bauxite, RefractoryLCT1 43,000
Beryl OreST1 4,000
Beryllium MetalST40
Beryllium Copper Master AlloyST1 1,200
CadmiumLB1 0
CelestiteSDT6,000
Chromite, ChemicalSDT2 100,000
Chromite, RefractorySDT2 100,000
Chromium, FerroST110,000
Chromium, MetalST500
CobaltLB Co6,000,000
Columbium ConcentratesLB Cb2 560,000
Columbium Metal IngotsLB Cb2 20,000
Diamond Stonect2 400,00012 520,000
Fluorspar, Acid GradeSDT12,000
Fluorspar, Metallurgical GradeSDT60,000
GermaniumKg2 8,000
GraphiteST01 60
IodineLB1,000,000
Jewel BearingsPC1 82,051,558
KyaniteSDT0
LeadST1 60,000
Manganese, Battery Grade, NaturalSDT30,000
Manganese, Battery Grade, SyntheticSDT1 3,011
Manganese, Chemical GradeSDT1 40,000
Manganese, FerroST50,0002 100,000
Manganese, Metal, ElectrolyticST1 2,000
Manganese, Metallurgical GradeSDT250,0003 500,000
Mica, AllLB1 1,000,000
PalladiumTr Oz2 100,000
PlatinumTr Oz2 25,000
Platinum—IridiumTr Oz6,000
Quartz CrystalsLb1 25,000
QuinidineOZ04 21,000
Sebacic AcidLB1 600,000
TalcST1 1,000
Tantalum Carbide PowderLB Ta2 4,000
Tantalum Metal IngotsLB Ta1 40,000
Tantalum Metal PowderLB Ta2 40,000
Tantalum MineralsLB Ta2 500,000
Tantalum OxideLB Ta2 20,000
ThoriumLB7,100,000
TinMT12,000
Titanium SpongeST1 7,000
Tungsten FerroLB W2 300,000
Tungsten Metal PowderLB W2 300,000
Tungsten Ores & ConcentratesLB W2 4,000,0002 5,000,000
VTE, ChestnutLT1 2501 500
VTE, QuebrachoLT20,0006,000
VTE, WattleLT1 6,500
ZincST50,000
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2 Actual quantity will be limited to remaining sales authority. Additional sales authority is pending with Congress.
3 Represents inventory sold by DNSC, but not yet shipped.
4 Proposed for disposal by DNSC.

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Proposed FY 2006 Annual Materials Plan

MaterialUnitFY2006 (quantity)
Aluminum Oxide, AbrasiveST1 6,000
Bauxite, Metallurgical JamaicanLDT3 2,000,000
Bauxite, Metallurgical SurinamLDT3 400,000
Bauxite, RefractoryLCT3 43,000
Beryl OreST3 4,000
Beryllium Metal Vacuum CastST3 40
Beryllium Copper Master AlloyST3 1,200
CelestiteSDT6,000
Chromite, ChemicalSDT3 100,000
Chromite, RefractorySDT3 100,000
Chromium, FerroST110,000
Chromium, MetalST500
CobaltLB Co1 6,000,000
Columbium ConcentratesLB Cb2 560,000
Columbium Metal IngotsLB Cb2 20,000
Diamond Stonect 12520,000
Fluorspar, Acid GradeSDT1 12,000
Fluorspar, Metallurgical GradeSDT1 60,000
GermaniumKg8,000
GraphiteST1 60
IodineLB1,000,000
Jewel BearingsPC1 82,051,558
LeadST1 60,000
Manganese, Battery Grade, NaturalSDT1 30,000
Manganese, Battery Grade, SyntheticSDT1 3,011
Manganese, Chemical GradeSDT1 40,000
Manganese, FerroST2 100,000
Manganese, Metal, ElectrolyticST3 2,000
Manganese, Metallurgical GradeSDT500,000
Mica, AllLB1 1,000,000
PalladiumTr Oz1 100,000
PlatinumTr Oz1 25,000
Platinum—IridiumTr Oz6,000
Quartz crystalsLb3 25,000
QuinidineOZ4 21,000
TalcST1 1,000
Tantalum Carbide PowderLB Ta2 4,000
Tantalum Metal IngotsLB Ta1 40,000
Tantalum Metal PowderLB Ta1 40,000
Tantalum MineralsLB Ta2 500,000
Tantalum OxideLB Ta2 20,000
ThoriumLB7,100,000
TinMT12,000
Titanium SpongeST7,000
Tungsten FerroLB W2 300,000
Tungsten Metal PowderLB W2 300,000
Tungsten Ores & ConcentratesLB W2 5,000,000
VTE, ChestnutLT1 500
VTE, QuebrachoLT6,000
VTE, WattleLT1 6,500
ZincST50,000
1 Actual quantity will be limited to remaining inventory.
2 Actual quantity will be limited to remaining sales authority. Additional sales authority is pending with Congress.
3 Represents inventory sold, but not yet shipped.
4 Proposed for disposal by DNSC.
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[FR Doc. 04-25492 Filed 11-16-04; 8:45 am]

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