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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 
locations:

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.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-14871 Filed 6-5-97; 8:45 am]
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