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NEWS RELEASE 99-101; JULY 13, 1999 July 13, 1999
News Release 99-101
Inv. No. 731-TA-539-A (F)

URANIUM FROM KAZAKHSTAN DOES NOT INJURE U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that an industry in the United States is neither materially injured nor threatened with material injury by reason of imports of uranium from Kazakhstan that the Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Lynn M. Bragg, Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller, and Commissioners Carol T. Crawford, Jennifer A. Hillman, Stephen Koplan, and Thelma J. Askey voted in the negative.

As a result of the Commission's negative determination, no antidumping duties will be imposed on imports of uranium from Kazakhstan.

This investigation was originally instituted on November 8, 1991, and was continued against the Republic of Kazakhstan after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. A suspension agreement was in effect from October 16, 1992, to January 11, 1999. When the Government of Kazakhstan terminated the suspension agreement, the Department of Commerce resumed its antidumping investigation concerning these imports. The Commission subsequently resumed its final phase injury investigation, leading to today's vote.

The Commission's public report Uranium from Kazakhstan (Investigation No. 731-TA-539-A (Final), USITC Publication 3213, July 1999) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after August 9, 1999, by calling 202-205-1809 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202-205-2104.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Uranium from Kazakhstan
Investigation No. 731-TA-539-A (Final)

Product Description: Uranium is used worldwide primarily as a fuel to generate electricity in nuclear power plants and secondarily as a fuel to propel naval vessels and as an active ingredient in atomic weaponry. Uranium is obtained primarily from uranium-bearing ores, which are converted to a concentrate. The concentrate is converted to uranium hexafluoride, which is then enriched in its proportion of the fissionable isotope of uranium, U235, the active component of uranium. After continued processing, the enriched uranium is pelletized and encapsulated, and then placed in fuel rod assemblies which are inserted in nuclear power reactors for the generation of electricity. About 20 percent of the electricity generated in the United States is produced by nuclear power plants.

Status of Proceedings:
   1. Type of investigation:  Final antidumping.
   2. Petitioner:  Ad Hoc Committee of Domestic Uranium Producers(1); the Paper, Allied-
      Industrial-Chemical and Energy Workers International Union (PACE); USEC Inc. and
      United States Enrichment Corporation.
   3. Investigation instituted by USITC: November 8, 1991; Final phase initiated: January 15, 1999.
   4. Public hearing:  June 9, 1999.
   5. USITC vote:  July 13,1999.
   6. USITC notification to Department of Commerce:  July 23, 1999.

U.S. Industry:
   1. Number of domestic producers:  12.
   2. Location of producers' plants:  LA, NE, TX, WY, IL, KY, OH, MO, NC, SC, and WA.
   3. Employment of uranium production workers in 1998:  6,313.
   4. U.S. producers' net sales value of uranium in 1998:  $1,736,059,000.
   5. Total U.S. uranium market value in 1998:  $2,965,435,000.

U.S. Imports: 
   1. U.S. uranium imports in 1998:  $1,229,376,000.
   2. Imports from Kazakhstan in 1998:  $26,819,000.

(1) Includes Rio Algom Mining Corp. and Uranium Resources.

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