January 29, 1999
                    TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
                TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                      AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE 

                               THE WHITE HOUSE

                        Office of the Press Secretary
  For Immediate Release                                    January 29, 1999


                     TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
               TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                       AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE


                              January 29, 1999



  Dear Mr. Speaker:   (Dear Mr. President:)

  Consistent with section 6001(a) of the Resource Conservation and Recovery
  Act (RCRA) (the "Act"), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 6961(a), notification is
  hereby given that on September 25, 1998, I issued Presidential
  Determination No. 98-36 (copy attached) and thereby exercised the
  authority to grant certain exemptions under section 6001(a) of the Act.

  Presidential Determination No. 98-36 exempted the United States Air
  Force's operating location near Groom Lake, Nevada, from any Federal,
  State, interstate, or local hazardous or solid waste laws that might
  require the disclosure of classified information concerning that
  operating location to unauthorized persons.  Information concerning
  activities at the operating location near Groom Lake has been properly
  determined to be classified, and its disclosure would be harmful to
  national security.  Continued protection of this information is,
  therefore, in the paramount interest of the United States.

  The determination was not intended to imply that in the absence of a
  Presidential exemption, RCRA or any other provision of law permits or
  requires the disclosure of classified information to unauthorized
  persons.  The determination also was not intended to limit the
  applicability or enforcement of any requirement of law applicable to the
  Air Force?s operating location near Groom Lake except those provisions,
  if any, that would require the disclosure of classified information.

                                Sincerely,


                                WILLIAM J. CLINTON


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