DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket No. 43-97]
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone; Wood and Jackson Counties, WV
Application and Public Hearing
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Wood County Development Authority (a West Virginia
public corporation), to establish a general-purpose foreign-trade zone
at sites in Wood and Jackson Counties, West Virginia, adjacent to the
Charleston, West Virginia 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 May 23, 1997. The applicant is
authorized to make the proposal under West Virginia Code Sec. 31-15-31.
The proposed zone would consist of 4 sites (178 acres) in Wood and
Jackson Counties: Site 1 (10 acres)--within the 158-acre Erickson/Wood
County Public Port facility (owned by the Erickson Foundation), located
between WV Route 95 and the Little Kanawha River, Wood County; Site 2
(15 acres)--within the 1,119-acre Gill Robb Wilson Field-Wood County
Airport (owned by the Wood County Airport Authority), WV Route 31, Wood
County; Site 3 (72 acres)--within the 159-acre Jackson County Maritime
& Industrial Centre (owned by the Jackson County Development
Authority), WV Route 2, Jackson County; and, Site 4 (81 acres)--within
the 500-acre Mineral Wells Industrial Park (owned by the Parkersburg/
Wood County Area Development Corporation), south of Parkersburg on I-
77, north of the Mineral Wells Interchange, Wood County.
The application contains evidence of the need for foreign-trade
zone services in the Wood and Jackson Counties area. Several firms have
indicated an interest in using zone procedures within the proposed
project for warehousing/distribution activity. Specific manufacturing
approvals are not being sought at this time. Requests would be made to
the Board on a case-by-case basis.
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.
As part of the investigation, the Commerce examiner will hold a
public hearing on June 25, 1997, at 9:00 a.m., Parkersburg City Council
Chambers, One Government Square, Parkersburg, West Virginia 26101.
Public comment on the application 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 August 5, 1997. Rebuttal comments in response to
material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during
the subsequent 15-day period August 20, 1997.
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be
available during this time for public inspection at the following
Office of the Wood County Development Authority, 631 1/2 Juliana
Street, Parkersburg, WV 26102
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room
3716, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.,
Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: May 28, 1997.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 97-14871 Filed 6-5-97; 8:45 am]
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