Presidential Determination 97-35 replaces the expired Presidential Determination 96-54.

This Determination was replaced by Presidential Determination 98-36 after it expired.

This Determination Is Valid For 1 Year From September 26, 1997 and states that Area 51 is exempt from all EPA, Federal, State, Interstate, or local Environmental Protection Laws.

The Text Follows.
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{Federal Register: October 8, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 195)}
{Presidential Documents}
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access {wais.access.gpo.gov}
{DOCID:fr08oc97-124}
Presidential Determination No. 97-35 of September 26, 1997

Presidential Determination on Classified Information Concerning the Air Force's Operating Location Near Groom Lake, Nevada

Memorandum for the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency [and] the Secretary of the Air Force

I find that it is in the paramount interest of the United States to exempt the United States Air Force's operating location near Groom Lake, Nevada (the subject of litigation in Kasza v. Browner (D. Nev. CV-S-94-795-PMP) and Frost v. Perry (D. Nev. CV-S-94-714-PMP)), from any applicable requirement for the disclosure to unauthorized persons of classified information concerning that operating location. Therefore, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 6961(a), I hereby exempt the Air Force's operating location near Groom Lake, Nevada, from any Federal, State, interstate, or local provision respecting control and abatement of solid waste or hazardous waste disposal that would require the disclosure of classified information concerning that operating location to any unauthorized person. This exemption shall be effective for the full one-year statutory period.

Nothing herein is intended to: (a) imply that in the absence of such a Presidential exemption, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) or any other provision of law permits or requires disclosure of classified information to unauthorized persons; or (b) limit the applicability or enforcement of any requirement of law applicable to the Air Force's operating location near Groom Lake, Nevada, except those provisions, if any, that would require the disclosure of classified information. The Secretary of the Air Force is authorized and directed to publish this determination in the Federal Register.

[Presidential Sig.]<Clinton1><Clinton2>

THE WHITE HOUSE,
Washington, September 26, 1997.

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[FR Doc. 97-26988
Filed 10-7-97; 10:31 am]
Billing code 3910-01-M

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