July 30, 2003
News Release 03-070
Inv. No. 332-455


The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is seeking input for a newly initiated investigation into U.S. and foreign markets for solid and hazardous waste services.

The investigation, Solid and Hazardous Waste Services: An Examination of U.S. and Foreign Markets (Investigation No. 332-455), 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 solid and hazardous waste services; examine trade and investment in such markets, including barriers affecting such trade and investment, if any; and if possible, discuss existing regulatory practices. The ITC will include examples from both developed- and developing-country markets, as requested.

At the USTR's request, for the purpose of this report, the ITC will define the solid and hazardous waste management services industry to include the collection of solid and hazardous waste from households and industry; the treatment and disposal of solid and hazardous waste by various means; the collection, separation, and sorting of recyclable materials; waste compacting; waste reduction services; and incidental services.

The ITC expects to submit its report to USTR by April 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 October 21, 2003. Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on October 7, 2003, 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 5, 2003.

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 obtained from the ITC Internet server (www.usitc.gov) or by contacting the Office of the Secretary at the above address or at 202-205-1816.

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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