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NEWS RELEASE 99-128; SEPTEMBER 17, 1999 September 17, 1999
News Release 99-128
Inv. No. 332-407

ITC SEEKS INPUT FOR A FACTFINDING STUDY
ON FOUNDRY COKE INDUSTRIES IN UNITED STATES AND CHINA

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is seeking input from industry officials, trade associations, and others for a factfinding investigation concerning the foundry coke industries in the United States and China.

This investigation, Foundry Coke: A Review of the Industries in the United States and China (Investigation No. 332-407), was requested by the House Committee on Ways and Means in a letter received August 25, 1999.

As requested by the Committee, the ITC will review the foundry coke industries in the United States and China. Specifically, the report will provide information for the most recent five- year period, to the extent possible, regarding production, consumption, and trade trends; prices; significant developments in foundry coke market practices such as coke quality specifications, cost recovery, pricing policies, and by-product valuation; market factors affecting the availability of foundry coke and purchasing decisions by coke-consuming industries; costs related to compliance with environmental laws and policies; and transportation costs to U.S. markets for Chinese and domestic foundry coke.

The ITC report will be submitted to the Committee no later than August 25, 2000.

The ITC is seeking information for its study from all interested parties. A public hearing will be held on February 29, 2000, in connection with the investigation. Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on February 1, 2000, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20436.

The ITC also welcomes written submissions for the record. Written submissions (one original and 14 copies) should be addressed to the Secretary at the above address and should be submitted at the earliest practical date but no later than 5:15 p.m. on March 14, 2000. All written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be available for public inspection.

Further information on the scope of the investigation and appropriate submissions is available in the ITC's notice of investigation, dated September 16, 1999, which may be obtained from the ITC Internet server (www.usitc.gov) or by contacting the Office of the Secretary at the above address or at (202) 205-1802.

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