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Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 79-97]

Foreign-Trade Zone 33--Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Area Application 
for Expansion

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) 
Board (the Board) by the Regional Industrial Development Corporation of 
Southwestern Pennsylvania, grantee of FTZ 33, requesting authority to 
expand its zone in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, within the 
Pittsburgh 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 November 17, 1997.
    Zone 33 was approved on November 9, 1977 (Board Order 124, 42 F.R. 
59398, 11/17/77) and expanded on March 16, 1981 (Board Order 172, 46 
F.R. 18063, 3/23/81). The general-purpose portion of the FTZ project 
currently consists of two sites: Site 1 (43 acres)--within the 500-acre 
RIDC Park West, Park West Drive, Findlay Township, Allegheny County; 
and, Site 2 (3 acres)--S.H. Bell Company's London Metal Exchange 
warehouse facility, One Third Street, Allegheny County, Braddock.
    The applicant is now requesting authority to expand both existing 
sites and to add two new general-purpose sites to its zone project as 
follows: Site 1--add 6 acres to the existing 43-acre Site 1 within the 
RIDC Park West complex (includes 3 acres that was previously 
transferred to Site 2 in 1994); Site 2--add 6 acres to the existing 
Site 2, covering the entire S.H. Bell Company's warehouse facility; 
Proposed Site 3 (5,427 acres)--within the 10,000-acre Pittsburgh 
International Airport complex (includes an aviation fuel depot 
consisting of four storage tanks), approximately 10 miles from 
Pittsburgh; and, Proposed Site 4 (140 acres)--Leetsdale Industrial 
Park, First and Center Avenues, Leetsdale. The proposed changes to 
Sites 1 and 2 would increase these sites to 49 acres and 9 acres 
respectively. With the changes, the new FTZ plan would cover some 5,625 
acres with 25 buildings (1.4 mil. sq. ft.). The two additional sites 
would be used primarily for warehousing/distribution and air cargo 
activity. No specific manufacturing requests are being made at this 
time. Such 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.
    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 January 27, 1998. Rebuttal comments in response to 
material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during 
the subsequent 15-day period to February 13, 1998.
    A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be 
available for public inspection at each of the following locations:

U.S. Department of Commerce, Export Assistance Center, Federal 
Building, Suite 2002, 1000 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 
3716, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 
Washington, DC 20230.

    Dated: November 20, 1997.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-31283 Filed 11-26-97; 8:45 am]