Following petitions filed October 19 with the International Trade Commission and the Commerce Department by a coalition of solar manufacturers alleging that China is flooding the American market with illegally subsidized and underpriced goods, the ITC is launching a preliminary antidumping and countervailing duty investigation related to the import of crystalline silicon photovoltaic solar panels from China. The investigation will seek to determine whether there is a “reasonable” indication that the domestic solar manufacturing industry has been harmed by subsidized imports, and if the ITC and Commerce Department do find illegal actions, duties could be collected retroactively. The Commission has until December 5 to make a preliminary determination; a positive determination would allow a concurrent Commerce Department investigation to continue.