July 26, 2000
News Release 00-101
Invs. Nos. 731-TA-539-C, E, and F (Review)

ITC MAKES DETERMINATIONS IN FIVE-YEAR (SUNSET) REVIEWS CONCERNING URANIUM FROM RUSSIA, UKRAINE, AND UZBEKISTAN

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that terminating the existing suspension agreement on imports of uranium from Russia would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time, but that terminating the existing suspension agreement on imports of uranium from Uzbekistan and revoking the existing antidumping duty order on imports of uranium from Ukraine would not be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determination and the Department of Commerce's recent affirmative finding regarding Russia, the suspension agreement on imports of uranium from Russia will remain in place. As a result of the Commission's negative determinations, the existing suspension agreement on imports of uranium from Uzbekistan will be terminated and the existing antidumping duty order on imports of uranium from Ukraine will be revoked.

With regard to Russia, Chairman Stephen Koplan and Commissioners Lynn M. Bragg, Marcia E. Miller, Jennifer A. Hillman, and Thelma J. Askey found that terminating the existing suspension agreement would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time. Chairman Koplan and Commissioners Bragg, Miller, Hillman, and Askey found that terminating the existing suspension agreement on imports of uranium from Uzbekistan and revoking the existing antidumping duty order on imports of uranium from Ukraine would not be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time. Vice Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun did not participate in these reviews.

Today's action comes under the five-year (sunset) review process required by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act. See the attached page for background on these five-year (sunset) reviews.

The Commission's public report Uranium from Russia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan (Invs. Nos. 731-TA-539-C, E, and F (Review), USITC Publication 3334, August 2000) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the reviews.

Copies may be requested after August 28, 2000, by calling 202-205-1809 or by contacting the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may be made by fax at 202-205-2104.


BACKGROUND

The Uruguay Round Agreements Act requires the Department of Commerce to revoke an antidumping or countervailing duty order, or terminate a suspension agreement, after five years unless the Department of Commerce and the ITC determine that revoking the order or terminating the suspension agreement would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping or subsidies (Commerce) and of material injury (ITC) within a reasonably foreseeable time. Reviews of outstanding antidumping and countervailing duty orders in existence as of January 1, 1995, began in July 1998.

The Commission's institution notice in five-year reviews requests that interested parties file responses with the Commission concerning the likely effects of revoking the order under review as well as other information. Generally within 95 days from institution, the Commission will determine whether the responses it has received reflect an adequate or inadequate level of interest in a full review. If responses to the ITC's notice of institution are adequate, or if other circumstances warrant a full review, the Commission conducts a full review, which includes a public hearing and issuance of questionnaires.

The Commission generally does not hold a hearing or conduct further investigative activities in expedited reviews. Commissioners base their injury determination in expedited reviews on the facts available, including the Commission's prior injury determination, responses received to its notice of institution, data collected by staff in connection with the review, and information provided by the Department of Commerce.

The five-year (sunset) reviews concerning Uranium from Russia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan were instituted on August 2, 1999.

On November 4, 1999, the Commission voted to conduct full reviews. With regard to Russia and Uzbekistan, Chairman Lynn M. Bragg, Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller, and Commissioners Carol T. Crawford, Jennifer A. Hillman, Stephen Koplan, and Thelma J. Askey concluded that both the domestic and the respondent group responses were adequate and voted for full reviews. With regard to Ukraine, Chairman Bragg, Vice Chairman Miller, and Commissioners Crawford, Hillman, Koplan, and Askey concluded that the domestic group response was adequate and the respondent group response was inadequate, but that circumstances warranted a full review.

Information concerning the reasons for the Commission's vote to conduct full reviews was published in the Federal Register on November 17, 1999. That notice and a record of the Commission's votes is posted on the ITC's Internet site at www.usitc.gov (under "Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews"/"Uranium from Russia," "Uranium from Ukraine," and "Uranium from Uzbekistan").

In addition, a record of the Commission's votes to conduct full reviews is available from the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may be made by telephone by calling 202-205-1802.

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