Request for Comments and Notice of Meetings of the United States-Colombia Environmental Affairs Council and Environmental Cooperation Commission

CourtTrade Representative Office Of The United States
Citation87 FR 16302
Record Number2022-06045
Publication Date22 March 2022
Federal Register, Volume 87 Issue 55 (Tuesday, March 22, 2022)
[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 55 (Tuesday, March 22, 2022)]
                [Notices]
                [Page 16302]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2022-06045]
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                OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE
                [Docket Number USTR-2022-0003]
                Request for Comments and Notice of Meetings of the United States-
                Colombia Environmental Affairs Council and Environmental Cooperation
                Commission
                AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.
                ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
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                SUMMARY: The parties to the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion
                Agreement (TPA) and the United States-Colombia Environmental
                Cooperation Agreement (ECA) intend to hold meetings of the
                Environmental Affairs Council (Council) and Environmental Cooperation
                Commission (Commission). The Office of the United States Trade
                Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Department of State (State) invite
                public participation in a Council meeting and written comments on
                issues that should be addressed.
                DATES:
                 March 30, 2022: Deadline for submission of written comments and
                notices of intent to attend the public meeting.
                 April 7, 2022: The Council and Commission will meet in a closed
                government-to-government session. The Council also will convene a
                public session. The time and location of the public meeting will be
                available on the USTR and State websites.
                ADDRESSES: We strongly prefers electronic submissions made through the
                Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov
                (Regulations.gov), using Docket Number USTR-2022-0003. Follow the
                instructions for submitting comments in `Requirements for Submissions'
                below. For alternatives to on-line submissions, please contact Katy
                Sater at [email protected], (202) 395-9522, or Sarah Flores at
                [email protected], (202) 647-0156.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Katy Sater, Director for Environment
                and Natural Resources, USTR, [email protected], (202) 395-9522,
                or Sarah Flores, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and
                Scientific Affairs, Office of Environmental Quality and Transboundary
                Issues, State, [email protected], (202) 647-0156.
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
                1. Background
                 On April 7, 2022, the Council and Commission will meet in a closed
                government-to-government session to (1) review implementation of
                Chapter 18 (Environment) of the TPA, and discuss how the parties are
                meeting their environment chapter obligations; (2) highlight
                environmental enforcement and achievements and share related lessons
                learned and best practices; (3) review the environmental cooperation
                program; and (4) receive a report from the Secretariat for
                Environmental Enforcement Matters established under the TPA.
                 Also on April 7, 2022, the Council invites all interested persons
                to attend a public session on Chapter 18 implementation. The location
                will be shared on the USTR and State websites: https://ustr.gov/issue-areas/environment/bilateral-and-regional-trade-agreements and https://www.state.gov/key-topics-office-of-environmental-quality-and-transboundary-issues/current-trade-agreements-with-environmental-chapters/. At the public session, the Council will welcome questions,
                input and information about challenges and achievements in
                implementation of the Environment Chapter obligations and the related
                ECA. Attendees must comply with any public health protocols required by
                local authorities.
                II. Public Participation
                 If you would like to attend the public session, please provide your
                full name, identify any organization or group you represent, and
                provide contact information such as email address and phone number.
                 USTR and State invite written comments or suggestions regarding
                implementation of Chapter 18, the ECA, or topics to be discussed at the
                public Council meeting. When preparing comments, submitters should
                refer to Chapter 18 of the TPA and ECA. Documents are available at
                https://www.state.gov/key-topics-office-of-environmental-quality-and-transboundary-issues/current-trade-agreements-with-environmental-chapters/#colombia and https://ustr.gov/issue-areas/environment/bilateral-and-regional-trade-agreements.
                III. Requirements for Submissions
                 USTR and State invite public comments and suggestions, and notices
                of intent to attend the public session, by the March 30, 2022 deadline.
                You can view all comments in Docket Number USTR-2022-0003 on
                Regulations.gov.
                 We strongly urge you to make all submissions in English via
                Regulations.gov, using Docket Number USTR-2022-0003. We will not accept
                hand-delivered submissions. To make a submission using Regulations.gov,
                enter Docket Number USTR-2022-0003 in the `search for' field on the
                home page and click `search.' The site will provide a search results
                page listing all documents associated with this docket. Find a
                reference to this notice by selecting `notice' under `document type' in
                the `filter results by' section on the left side of the screen and
                click on the link entitled `comment now.' The Regulations.gov website
                offers the option of providing comments by filling in a `type comment'
                field or by attaching a document using the `upload file(s)' field. We
                prefer that you provide submissions in an attached document and note
                `see attached' in the `type comment' field on the online submission
                form. At the beginning of the submission, or on the first page (if an
                attachment) include `U.S.-Colombia TPA EAC/ECC Meeting'. Submissions
                should not exceed 30 double-spaced, standard letter-size pages in 12-
                point type, including attachments. Include any data attachments to the
                submission in the same file as the submission itself, and not as
                separate files. You will receive a tracking number upon completion of
                the submission procedure at Regulations.gov. The tracking number is
                confirmation that Regulations.gov received the submission. Keep the
                confirmation for your records. We are not able to provide technical
                assistance for Regulations.gov.
                 If you are unable to provide submissions as requested, please
                contact Katy Sater, Director for Environment and Natural Resources,
                USTR, [email protected], (202) 395-9522, or Sarah Flores,
                Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific
                Affairs, Office of Environmental Quality and Transboundary Issues,
                State, [email protected], (202) 647-0156, in advance of the deadline,
                to arrange for an alternative method of transmission.
                Kelly Milton,
                Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Environment and Natural
                Resources, Office of the United States Trade Representative.
                [FR Doc. 2022-06045 Filed 3-21-22; 8:45 am]
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