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Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Chemical Weapons Convention Amendment: End-Use Certificates, Advanced Notifications and Annual Reports

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Bureau of Industry and Security, Commerce.




The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.


Written comments must be submitted on or before May 4, 2009.


Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 7845, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at

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Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Larry Hall, BIS ICB Liaison, (202) 482-4895,

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I. Abstract

This collection of information is required by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), an international arms control treaty that seeks to achieve an international ban on chemical weapons. The CWC prohibits the use, development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, retention, and direct or indirect transfer of chemical weapons. This collection implements certain provisions involving the transfer of chemicals between countries. The United States is required to notify the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at least 30 days before any transfer (export/import) of Schedule 1 chemicals to another State Party and to provide annual reports to the OPCW on all transfers of Schedule 1 chemicals. In addition, the United States is required to obtain End-Use Certificates for transfers of Schedule 3 chemicals to Non-States Parties to ensure the transferred chemicals are only used for the purposes not prohibited under the Convention.

II. Method of Collection

Submitted electronically or in paper form.

III. Data

OMB Control Number: 0694-0117.

Form Number(s): None.

Type of Review: Regular submission.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations; not-for-profit institutions.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 107.

Estimated Time per Response: 30 minutes.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 54.

Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.

IV. Request for Comments

Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

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Dated: February 25, 2009.

Gwellnar Banks,

Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.

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[FR Doc. E9-4382 Filed 3-2-09; 8:45 am]