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NEWS RELEASE 04-085; AUGUST 5, 2004 August 5, 2004
News Release 04-085
Inv. No. 332-461

ITC LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION ON U.S. AND FOREIGN MARKETS FOR AIR AND NOISE POLLUTION ABATEMENT SERVICES; SEEKS INPUT FROM INTERESTED PARTIES

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is seeking input for a newly initiated investigation into U.S. and foreign markets for air and noise pollution abatement services.

The investigation, Air and Noise Pollution Abatement Services: An Examination of U.S. and Foreign Markets (Investigation No. 332-461), was requested by the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

As requested by USTR, the ITC report will: (1) provide an overview of foreign and domestic markets for air and noise pollution abatement services; (2) examine trade and investment in such markets, including barriers affecting such trade and investment, if any; and (3) if possible, discuss existing regulatory practices that generate demand for the subject services. With regard to the geographic coverage of these reports, the USTR requested the ITC to include examples from both developed- and developing-country markets. In addition, the USTR has asked the Commission to include examples - as appropriate - from those economies with which the United States has established, or is in the process of negotiating, a free trade arrangement. To the extent possible, the Commission is also requested to present information on trade and market conditions for those goods related to the subject environmental services.

As requested by USTR, for the purposes of this study, air and noise pollution abatement services will be defined to include control services of indoor or outdoor air pollution originating from stationary or mobile sources; services related to the trade of air pollution emission rights; services related to the monitoring, assessment, or control of acid rain; services related to the study of the relationship between air pollution and climate; noise pollution abatement and control services; testing and monitoring of air or noise pollution; and other services incidental to air and noise pollution abatement.

The ITC expects to submit its report to USTR by April 1, 2005. The USTR intends to make this report available to the general public in its entirety.

The ITC is seeking input for its new investigation from all interested parties and requests that the information focus on the issues for which the ITC is requested to provide information. The ITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation on October 20, 2004. Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on October 5, 2004, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. For further information, call 202-205-1816.

The ITC also welcomes written submissions for the record. Written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary to the Commission at the above address and should be submitted at the earliest practical date but no later than 5:15 p.m. on November 4, 2004. The hearing will be canceled if no witnesses are scheduled to appear as of the close of business on October 5, 2004. Any person interested in attending the hearing as an observer or non-participant may call the Secretary to the Commission (202-205-1816) after October 5, 2004, to determine whether the hearing will be held.

Further information on the scope of the investigation and appropriate submissions is available in the ITC's notice of investigation, dated August 5, 2004, which can be downloaded from the ITC Internet server (http://www.usitc.gov) or may be obtained by contacting the Office of the Secretary at the above address or at 202-205-1816.

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