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[Federal Register: May 26, 1995 (Volume 60, Number 102)]
[Page 27956-27957]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access []


Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 25-95]

Foreign-Trade Zone 146, Lawrence County, Illinois; Application
for Subzone Status, Marathon Oil Company (Oil Refinery), Robinson,

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Bi-State Authority, grantee of FTZ 146, requesting
special-purpose subzone status for the oil refinery of Marathon Oil
Company (Marathon) (subsidiary of USX Corporation), located in
Robinson, Illinois. 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 May 19, 1995.
    The refinery (890 acres) is located at Marathon Ave. and State Hwy
33 in Robinson, Crawford County, in southeastern Illinois, some 150
miles east of St. Louis. The refinery (180,000 barrels per day; 570
employees) is used to produce fuels and petrochemical feedstocks. Fuels
produced include gasoline, jet fuel, kerosene, fuel oil and residual
oil. Petrochemical feedstocks produced include butane and propane, and
refinery by-products include petroleum coke and sulfur. Some 30 percent
of the crude oil (some 80 percent of inputs) and some feedstocks used
by the refinery are sourced from abroad.
    Zone procedures would exempt the refinery from Customs duty
payments on the foreign products used in its exports. On domestic
sales, the company would be able to choose the finished product duty
rate (nonprivileged foreign status--NPF) on certain petrochemical
feedstocks and refinery by-products (duty-free). The duty on crude oil
ranges from 5.25 cents to 10.5 cents barrel. Marathon indicates that
some of the NPF finished products might be used as fuel in the refining
process. The application indicates that the savings from zone
procedures would help improve the refinery's international
    In accordance with the Board's regulations, a member of the FTZ
Staff has been designated examiner to investigate the application and
report to the Board.
    Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions
(original and 3 copies) shall be addressed to the Board's Executive
Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their receipt is
July 25, 1995. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted
during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-
day period to August 9, 1995.
    A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be
available for public inspection at each of the following locations:

Lawrence County Industrial Development Council, County Courthouse,
Lawrenceville, Illinois 62439.
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room
3716, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.,
Washington, DC 20230.

     [[Page 27957]] Dated: May 22, 1995.
Dennis Puccinelli,
Acting Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 95-13012 Filed 5-25-95; 8:45 am]