Clinton's Area 51 Exemption

Below is the full text of the order signed by President Clinton exempting Area 51 (Groom Lake) from releasing its environmental reports to the public. Facsimile of Page (44k)

THE WHITE HOUSE
WASHINGTON

September 29, 1995

                                   Presidential Determination
                                   No.       95-45     

MEMORANDUM FOR THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL
                 PROTECTION AGENCY
               THE SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE

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


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.

                                   [Signed]
                                   William J. Clinton

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Glenn Campbell, 10/10/95