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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                               [Docket No. 2-85] 
 
                                   50 FR 3944 
 
                                January 29, 1985 
 
 
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone; Gramercy, LA, Port of Entry Area; Application 
and Public Hearing 
 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the South Louisiana Port Commission (SLPC), a Louisiana 
public corporation, requesting authority to establish a general-purpose 
foreign-trade zone with sites in the Parishes of St. Charles, St. John the 
Baptist, and St. James, adjacent to the Gramercy Customs port of entry. The
application was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the Foreign-Trade 
Zones Act, as amended (19 USC 81a-81u), and the regulations of the Board 
(15 CFR Part 400). It was formally filed on January 18, 1985. The applicant
is authorized to make this proposal under Sections 61 and 62, Title 51, 
Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, as amended. 
 
   The proposed foreign-trade zone will cover 1050 acres on three sites 
within the jurisdictional area of the SLPC, which covers 52 miles of the 
Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Site 1 (A-1 in the 
application) involves a 600-acre tract within the SLPC's proposed 
Intermodal Container Transfer Facility, located on the west bank of the 
river by the Hale Boggs Bridge in St. Charles Parish. Site 2 (B-3 in the 
application) covers 250 acres within the Goldmine Industry Park, at River-
Mile-Point (RMP) 137 on the west bank in St. John the Baptist Parish, which
is being developed as an industrial park by Goldmine Plantation, Inc. Site 
3 (B-6 in the application) covers 200 acres within Place Riviere, a planned
private industrial park at RMP 150, west bank, in St. James Parish. The 
other sites covered by the application are possible sites for future 
expansion. 
 
   The application indicates a number of proposed zone uses including 
general cargo storage and distribution, food processing, barite blending, 
precious ore treatment, and metal and plastic packaging production. There 
is also reference to a power plant and bilge cleaning operations. No 
specific approvals for manufacturing are being sought at this time. Such 
requests would be made to the Board on a case-by-case basis. 
 
   In accordance with the Board's regulations, an examiners committee has 
been appointed to investigate the application and report to the Board. The 
committee consists of: John J. Da Ponte, Jr. (Chairman), Director, Foreign-
Trade Zones Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 20230; Max
G. Willis, District Director, U.S. Customs Service, South Central Region, 
423 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130; and Colonel Eugene S. Witherspoon,
District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District New Orleans, P.O. Box 60267,
New Orleans, LA 70160.  
 
   As part of its investigation, the examiners committee will hold a 
public hearing on March 7, 1985, beginning at 10:00 A.M., in the Council 
Meeting Room of the St. John's Parish Courthouse Annex (S. Edward Hebert 
Bldg.), Airline Highway (Hwy. 61), LaPlace. 
 
   Interested parties are invited to present their views at the hearing. 
Persons wishing to testify should notify the Board's Executive Secretary 
in writing at the address below or by phone (202/377-2862) by March 1, 
1985. Written statements may be submitted in accordance with the Board's 
regulations to the examiners committee, care of the Executive Secretary, at 
any time from the date of this notice through April 8, 1985. 
 
   A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available 
during this time for public inspection at each of the following locations:
 
 
U.S. Department of Commerce, 
432 International Trade Mart, 
No. 2 Canal Street, 
New Orleans, LA 70130 
 
 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, 
14th and Pennsylvania, NW., Room 1529, 
Washington, D.C. 20230  
 
   Dated: January 23, 1985. 
 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 85-2231 Filed 1-28-85; 8:45 am] 
 
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