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Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 61-97]

Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone, Charleston, West Virginia Area; 
Application and Public Hearing

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the West Virginia Economic Development Authority (a West 
Virginia public corporation), to establish a general-purpose foreign-
trade zone in the Charleston, West Virginia area, within 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 July 22, 1997. The applicant is 
authorized to apply for foreign-trade zone authority under West 
Virginia Code Sec. 31-15-6.
    Presently pending with the Board is a separate application for a 
general-purpose zone in Wood and Jackson Counties (filed 5/23/97, Doc. 
43-97). Thus, the zone project proposed in this application would 
become the second one in the Charleston, West Virginia, Customs port of 
entry area. A related application for FTZ subzone status at the Toyota 
Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Inc. plant in Buffalo, West Virginia 
is being filed simultaneously with this one (Doc. 62-97).
    The proposed new zone would encompass three warehouse buildings (24 
acres) located at the Charleston Ordnance Center (78 acres), 3100 
MacCorkle Avenue S.W., South Charleston. The application contains 
evidence of the need for general-purpose zone services at the proposed 
site. Several firms have indicated an interest in using zone procedures 
at the on-site facilities 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 September 11, 1997, at 9:00 a.m., West Virginia House 
of Delegates, Public Hearing Room, Building One, Room 215-E, State 
Capitol Complex, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, West Virginia 

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    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 September 26, 1997. Rebuttal comments in response 
to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted 
during the subsequent 15-day period (to October 14, 1997).
    A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be 
available during this time for public inspection at the following 

U.S. Department of Commerce, Export Assistance Center, 405 Capitol 
Street, Suite 650, Charleston, WV 25301.
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 
3716, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 
Washington, DC 20230.

    Dated: July 22, 1997.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-19808 Filed 7-25-97; 8:45 am]