The Department of Commerce has published a Federal Register Notice 67 FR 44422, July 2, 2002 seeking public comments regarding the potential market impact of a proposed increase in the disposal levels of Celestite and Quinidine from the National Defense Stockpile under the proposed FY 2003 Annual Materials Plan (AMP). Public comments regarding these proposals are due by August 1, 2002. The National Defense Stockpile, maintained by the Department of Defense, is an inventory of materials that are critical to meeting defense and essential civilian requirements. The National Defense Stockpile Market Impact Committee, co-chaired by the Departments of Commerce and State, provides expert advice to the Department of Defense on the projected domestic and foreign economic effects of all acquisitions and disposals of materials from the National Defense Stockpile.
The AMP specifies the proposed maximum quantity of each material that may be sold in a particular fiscal year. The actual quantity of each material that will be offered for sale will depend on the market for the material at the time and the quantity of material approved for disposal by Congress.To obtain a copy of, or more information about, the Federal Register Notice, please contact either Richard V. Meyers, Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), U.S. Department of Commerce, Tel: (202) 482-3634, Fax: (202) 482-5650, or Email; or Terri L. Robl, Office of International Energy and Commodity Policy, U.S. Department of State, Tel: (202) 647-3423 or Fax: (202) 647-8758. A copy of the Federal Register Notice and additional information about the National Defense Stockpile Market Impact Committee also are available on this Web site.