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Commerce issues final rule to amend EAR Commerce Control List.

The Department of Commerce (Commerce) has issued a final rule to amend the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) Commerce Control List (CCL). The agency stated the final rule was implemented pursuant to the understandings reached at the April 2005 plenary meeting of the Australia Group (AG). The AG consists of members from 39 countries that maintain export controls on a list of agents and equipment that can be utilized to manufacture chemical or biological weapons. Specifically, the final rule accomplishes, inter alia, four things: (1) clarifies the kinds of pumps listed on the CCL; (2) adds controls on spraying or fogging systems, spray booms or arrays of aerosol-generating units and components that are fitted to aircraft and are capable of delivering biological agents in the form of infectious aerosol droplets; and (3) modifies controls on genetic elements and genetically modified organisms that contain nucleic acid sequences associated with the pathogenicity of current CCL-controlled microorganisms; and (4) adds Ukraine as an AG-participating country and thereby removes the license requirements formerly applicable to Ukraine. Although no formal comment period was conducted, the agency stated that it welcomes public comments on this regulation on a continuing basis. The rule became effective August 5, 2005. (70 Fed. Reg. 45276, 8/5/05)

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Title Annotation:Regulations
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Date:Oct 1, 2005
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