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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 5-97]

Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone--Durant, Oklahoma; Application and 
Public Hearing

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma, Inc., (an Oklahoma not-
for-profit corporation), to establish a general-purpose foreign-trade 
zone in the City of Durant, Oklahoma, at a site that is within 90 miles 
of the Dallas/Fort Worth 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 January 30, 1997. The applicant is 
authorized to make the proposal under Senate Joint Resolution No. 3 of 
the First Session of the 45th Oklahoma Legislature.
    The proposed zone is located in southeastern Oklahoma, 
approximately 10 miles north of the Oklahoma-Texas border. The closest 
Customs port of entry is Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. The proposed site is 
situated on 30 acres within the 280-acre Texoma Industrial Park near 
U.S. Highway 69/75 in Durant. The property is owned by the City of 
Durant. The closest existing zone project in Oklahoma is at Oklahoma 
City some 150 miles to the north.
    The application contains evidence of the need for zone services in 
the Durant area. Several firms have indicated an interest in using zone 
procedures within the proposed project for-2-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 March 6, 1997 at 9:00 a.m., at the Robert L. Williams 
Public Library, 323 West Beech, Durant, Oklahoma 74701.
    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 March 21, 1997. Rebuttal comments in response to 
material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during 
the subsequent 15-day period to April 7, 1997.
    A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be 
available during this time for public inspection at the following 
locations:

Office of Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma, Inc., 422 Cessna, Durant, 
Oklahoma 74701
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 
3716, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 
Washington, DC 20230

    Dated: February 7, 1997.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-3790 Filed 2-13-97; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P


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