September 12, 2001
News Release 01-117
Inv. No. TA-201-73

MEDIA ADVISORY

Coverage of Steel Hearings at U.S. International Trade Commission

The U.S. International Trade Commission has scheduled seven days of Washington hearings in connection with its global safeguard investigation concerning steel imports. For security and logistical reasons, the following procedures for coverage of the hearings will be strictly enforced. Please direct any questions or concerns to Peg O'Laughlin, ITC Public Affairs Officer, at 202-205-1819.

1. All news media must register in advance to cover the hearing. This includes print, broadcast, and on-line media. Those interested in covering the hearing must contact Peg O'Laughlin at 202-205-1819 and must specify the hearing day and time you wish to cover (see attached schedule). The ITC will make every effort to accommodate all requests, but may not be able to do so.

Seating in the Main Hearing Room for news media will be limited. Seating in overflow areas may be available, and a small media-only work area has been arranged. The overflow area and the media work area will have a live feed of the proceedings.

Reporters are advised that public pay phones at the ITC are limited. Cell phones may be used in the ITC Building, but not in the Main Hearing Room.


2. Broadcast coverage. The ITC will provide professional broadcast quality lighting in the Main Hearing Room. No other lighting will be permitted in the Main Hearing Room. The ITC will provide a mult-feed from its in-house sound system for broadcasters. No microphones may be used in the Main Hearing Room.

Camera space in the Main Hearing Room will be extremely limited, and we cannot guarantee you will be able to cover the proceedings from the Main Hearing Room. Those interested in broadcast coverage of any of the hearings must contact Peg O'Laughlin at 202-205-1819 by 5 p.m. of the preceding business day (note: those interested in covering a Monday hearing must register by 5 p.m. of the previous Friday). Cameras must be set up 30 minutes prior to the beginning of each day's hearing. Failure to register or set up as required may result in denied entry to the Main Hearing Room.


3. Witness lists. Witness lists for the hearing will be distributed and posted on the ITC's Internet site (www.usitc.gov) as they are finalized.


TENTATIVE SCHEDULE FOR ITC STEEL HEARINGS
(details to be provided in witness lists)

Monday, September 17, 2001

Congressional and Embassy appearances as requested

Opening Remarks

General Arguments and Issues Common to Product Categories


Wednesday, September 19, 2001 and Thursday, September 20, 2001

Congressional and Embassy appearances as requested.

Carbon & Alloy Slabs, Ingots, Billets & Blooms

Carbon and Alloy Flat Plate, Hot-Rolled Sheet, Strip & Coils

Carbon and Alloy Cold-Rolled Sheet, Strip Other than Grain-Oriented Electrical Steel (GOES), GOES, Corrrosion-Resistant and Other Coated Sheet and Strip, and Tin Mill Products

Non-Party


Monday, September 24, 2001 and Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Congressional and Embassy appearances as requested.

Carbon & Alloy Hot-Rolled Bar and Light Shapes, Cold-Finished Bar, Rebar, Rails and Railway Products, Heavy Strucutral Shapes and Sheet Piling, and Fabricated Structural Units

Non-Party

Carbon and Alloy Wire, Strand, Rope, Cable and Cordage, Nails, Staples, and Woven Cloth, and Stainless and Wire, Cloth, and Rope

Stainless Slabs/Ingots, Cut-to-Length Plate, Bar and Light Shapes, Rod and Tool Steel


Friday, September 28, 2001

Congressional and Embassy appearances as requested.

Stainless & Seamless Tubular Products, Welded Tubular Products, and Flanges and Fittings


Monday, October 1, 2001

Congressional and Embassy appearances as requested.

Carbon & Alloy Seamless, Seamless Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG), Welded, Welded OCTG, Flanges, Fittings and Tool Joints

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