The Commerce Department is expected to issue a preliminary antidumping duty ruling March 27 on whether Chinese photovoltaic cells are being sold at less than fair-market value.

One week earlier, Commerce said it would impose tariffs ranging from 2.90 percent to 4.73 percent on imports of the Chinese-made cells and panels. As detailed in March 20 article, Commerce issued the tariffs in response to subsidies it said the Chinese government is providing to exporters of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and solar panels.

According to a March 2 article, experts say it could take years to resolve anitcompetitive claims over Chinese solar cells, and any retaliatory action would not do much to help the U.S. solar industry.

The ruling is just one piece of a process concerning unfair trade actions against Chinese solar cells in what the Commerce Department calls "extremely complicated."

Senate to Hold Hearing on Federal Agencies

On March 27,the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Green Jobs and the New Economy will hold an oversight hearing on "EPA's Work with Other Federal Entities to Reduce Pollution and Improve Environmental Performance."

Witnesses include Leslie Gillespie, EPA’s senior advisor for the Office of Research and Development; Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary for energy and sustainability for the U.S. Army; Thomas Hicks, deputy assistant secretary for energy for the U.S. Navy, and Kevin Geiss, deputy assistant secretary for energy for the U.S. Air Force.

House Panel to Examine Effect of Air Rules on Gas Prices

A bill that would create a multi-agency panel to study the impact of air pollution rules on gasoline prices will be the subject of a hearing March 28 by House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power.

As detailed in a March 22 World Climate Change Reportarticle, the Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012 would include a review and a delay of rules the Environmental Protection agency is working on to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from petroleum refineries, reduce the sulfur content in gasoline, and revise the national ambient air quality standards for ozone.


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