April 19, 2005
News Release 05-043
Inv. No. 332-461
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


Few barriers exist in the market for air and noise pollution abatement services, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its study Air and Noise Pollution Abatement Services: An Examination of U.S. and Foreign Markets.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, conducted the investigation at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative. The report provides an overview of foreign and domestic markets for air and noise pollution abatement services; examines trade and investment in air and noise pollution services, including barriers affecting such trade and investment; and discusses existing regulatory regimes. The report also provides a survey of emissions trading, an emerging, market-based method of reducing air pollution. Highlights of the report include:

Air and Noise Pollution Abatement Services: An Examination of U.S. and Foreign Markets (Investigation No. 332-461, USITC Publication 3761, April 2005) will be posted in the publications area of the ITC Internet site at www.usitc.gov. A printed or CD-ROM copy may be requested by calling 202-205-1809 or by writing the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202-205-2104.

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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