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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                               [Docket No. 21-87] 
 
                                  52 FR 39673 
 
                                October 23, 1987 
 
 
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone; Greater Baton Rouge, LA; Application and Public
Hearing 
 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the
Board) by the greater Baton Rouge Port Commission, an agency of the State of
Louisiana, requesting authority to establish a general-purpose foreign-trade
zone in the Baton Rouge area, within the Baton Rouge Customs port of entry.
The application was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the Foreign-Trade
Zones Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), and the regulations of the Board 
(15 CFR Part 400). It was formally filed on October 13, 1987. The Port 
Commission is authorized to make the proposal under Title 51, Section 62, of
the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950. 
 
   The proposal will involve 4 sites totaling 2,674 acres. Site 1 will 
consist of 16 acres within the Port's terminal area, located on Ernest Wilson
 Drive, just inside the south city limits of the City of Port Allen. Site 2 
(2 parcels) is a 244-acre tract of light industrial land in East Baton Rouge
Parish, known as the Industriplex Park, owned by Baton Rouge Industriplex, 
Inc., and Industriplex Park Subdivision, Inc. Site 3, owned by Sun Plus 
Development, Inc., comprises 580 acres at the Sun Plus Industrial Park 
located on Louisiana Highway 1, Port Allen. Site 4 is an 1,834-acre 
integrated petrochemical complex, owned by Dow Chemical, U.S.A., on 
Louisiana Highway 1, one mile north of the City of Plaquemine, within the
Parishes of West Baton Rouge and Iberville.  
 
   The application contains evidence of the need for zone services in the
Baton Rouge area. Several firms have indicated an interest in using zone 
procedures for warehousing/distribution of agricultural products, chemicals,
ceramic tile and marble and electrical wire and cable. Specific 
manufacturing approvals are not being sought at this time. Requests will 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, DC 20230; Joel 
Mish, District Director, U.S. Customs Service, South Central Region, 423 
Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130; and Colonel Lloyd K. Brown, 
District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District New Orleans, P.O. Box 60267,
New Orleans, Louisiana 70160-0267. 
 
   As part of its investigation, the examiners committee will hold a public
hearing on December 3, 1987, beginning at 9 a.m., in Room 101, West Baton 
Rouge Police Jury Building, 880 North Alexander Avenue, Room 101, Port 
Allen, Louisiana 70767. 
 
   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 November 25. 
Instead of an oral presentation, 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 
January 15, 1988.  
 
   A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available 
during this time for public inspection at each of the following locations:
 
 
Area/Port Director's Office, 
U.S. Customs Service, 
Hoover Building, Suite 218B, 
8312 Florida Boulevard, 
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806 
 
 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1529, 
14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20230  
 
   Dated: October 16, 1987. 
 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.  
[FR Doc. 87-24542 Filed 10-22-87;8:45am] 
 
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