MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY
FROM: Timothy Hauser
Acting Under Secretary for International Trade
SUBJECT: Initiation of Antidumping
and Countervailing Duty Investigations on Low Enriched Uranium from
France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom
At 5:00p.m., on Wednesday, December
27, 2000, Commerce announced the initiation of antidumping and countervailing
duty investigations on low enriched uranium from France, Germany,
the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
The petitions were filed by USEC Inc.
and its wholly owned subsidiary, the United States Enrichment Corporation,
and were joined by the Paper, Allied-Industrial Chemical and Energy
Workers International Union, AFL-CIO, CLC, and Local 5-550 and Local
5-689. Based on the nature of the industry, the Ad Hoc Utilities
Group (a group of 14 U.S. utilities that produce energy using nuclear
fuel), the potential European respondents (European uranium enrichers
Urenco and Eurodif), the European Commission and four governments
opposed the petition arguing that USEC is not the sole domestic
producer of LEU and, therefore, does not have sufficient support
to file the petition. The Department determined that USEC accounts
for 100 percent of the domestic industry and that the petition meets
standards for initiation.
The International Trade Commission
(ITC) is holding a public hearing on December 28, 2000, prior to
making its preliminary injury determination by January 22, 2001.
If the ITC makes an affirmative determination, the due date for
the Department's countervailing duty preliminary determinations
will be March 2, 2001 (unextended); the due date for the antidumping
preliminary determinations will be May
16, 2001 (unextended).