August 22, 2012
News Release 12-093
Inv. No. 332-533
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

TRADE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES TO BE EXAMINED BY U.S. INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has launched an investigation into trade and market trends in the environmental services sector.

The investigation, Environmental and Related Services, was requested by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

The USITC provided reports on trade in the environmental services sector to the USTR in 2004- 2005. In the request letter, the USTR stated that since the publication of these reports, the U.S. and global markets for such services have undergone significant change. The USTR noted that although overall demand in the environmental services market has continued to rise, factors such as new technologies, tightening government budgets, and growing interest in environmental sustainability have altered the means through which such services are supplied.

As requested, the USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, will, to the extent practicable:

The USITC expects to deliver its report to the USTR by March 29, 2013.

The USITC will hold a public hearing in connection with this investigation at 9:30 a.m. on October 22, 2012. Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on October 4, 2012, with the Secretary to the Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436.

The USITC also welcomes written submissions for the record for this report. Written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary to the Commission at the above address and should be submitted no later than 5:15 p.m. on October 30, 2012. 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 USITC's notice of investigation, dated August 21, 2012. Questions about appearances and submissions should be directed to the Office of the Secretary at 202-205-2000.

USITC general factfinding investigations, such as this one, cover matters related to tariffs or trade and are generally conducted at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative, the House Committee on Ways and Means, or the Senate Committee on Finance. The resulting reports convey the USITC's objective findings and independent analyses on the subject investigated. The USITC makes no recommendations on policy or other matters in its general factfinding reports. Upon completion of each investigation, the USITC submits its findings and analyses to the requester. General factfinding investigations reports are subsequently released to the public, unless they are classified by the requester for national security reasons.

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