July 30, 2003
News Release 03-069
Inv. No. 332-454


The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is seeking input for a newly initiated investigation into U.S. and foreign markets for remediation and nature and landscape protection services.

The investigation, Remediation and Nature and Landscape Protection Services: An Examination of U.S. and Foreign Markets (Investigation No. 332-454), was requested by the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

As requested, the ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, will provide an overview of foreign and domestic markets for remediation and nature and landscape protection services; examine trade and investment in such markets, including barriers affecting such trade and investment, if any; and if possible, discuss existing regulatory practices. 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, as requested by USTR, the range of services to be investigated in this study will be determined upon further consultation between USTR and ITC staff.

The ITC will submit its report to USTR by October 1, 2004.

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 and advice. The ITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation on March 17, 2004. Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on March 3, 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 (an original and 14 copies) 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 March 31, 2004. 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 July 30, 2003, which can be downloaded from the ITC Internet site (www.usitc.gov) or may be obtained by contacting the Office of the Secretary at the above address or at 202-205-1816.

ITC 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 Senate Committee on Finance, or the House Committee on Ways and Means. The resulting reports convey the Commission's objective findings and independent analyses on the subjects investigated. The Commission makes no recommendations on policy or other matters in its general factfinding reports. Upon completion of each investigation, the ITC submits its findings and analyses to the requestor. General factfinding investigation reports are subsequently released to the public, unless they are classified by the requestor for national security reasons.

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