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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release September 24, 1993
                              NAFTA NOTES 
                       Friday, September 24, 1993

             Court Rules in Administration's Favor on NEPA

        * In a ruling handed down this morning, the three judge panel of

the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia announced its unanimous decision that the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) does not require the Clinton Administration to prepare an environmental impact statement in connection with the NAFTA. The court ruled that "[b]ecause we conclude that NAFTA is not "final agency action" under the APA, we reverse the decision of the district court and express no view on the government's other contentions."