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Monday, July 29, 1996
 
Volume 32--Number 30
Pages 1297-1345
 
Contents

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Weekly Compilation of

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Addresses and Remarks

      
    California
        Asian-American Democratic dinner in Los Angeles--1320
        Community in Monrovia--1314
        Democratic dinner in San Francisco--1332
        Sacramento
            Community--1325
            McClellan Air Force Base Redevelopment Authority--1330
    Colorado
        Community in Denver--1305
        Saxophone Club reception in Denver--1300
    New York
        Aviation safety and security announcement in Jamaica--1340
        TWA Flight 800 recovery efforts, meeting in Jamaica--1340
    Radio address--1299

Bill Signings

      
    National Children's Island Act of 1995, statement--1297

Communications to Congress

      
    Cyprus, letter--1299
    Iraq, continuation of national emergency, message transmitting 
        notice--1325
    Libya, message--1319
    United Nations, U.S. activities, message transmitting report--1339

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Criminal child support enforcement, memorandum--1304
    National Children's Island, memorandum--1298

Exchanges With Reporters

    Sacramento, CA--1330

Notices

    Iraq, continuation of national emergency--1324

Proclamations

    National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day--1342
    Parents' Day--1342

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Death of Hamilton Fish, Jr.--1332
    Food Quality Protection Act, Senate action--1339
    Health care and minimum wage legislation, Senate action--1341

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1345
    Checklist of White House press releases--1344
    Digest of other White House announcements--1343
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1344



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Monday, July 29, 1996
 
Volume 32--Number 30
Pages 1297-1345
 
Week Ending Friday, July 26, 1996
 
Statement on Signing the National Children's Island Act of 1995


July 19, 1996

    Today I have signed into law H.R. 1508, the National Children's 
Island Act. This bill authorizes the transfer of Federal land to the 
District of Columbia for the development of a cultural, educational, 
family-oriented recreation park and a children's playground on two man-
made islands in the District of Columbia's Anacostia River. The two 
islands in question, Kingman and Heritage, were created in 1916 by the 
Army Corps of Engineers from dredge material in the Anacostia. This 
project has the potential of bringing much needed development to the 
area, providing recreational space for children and families, and 
reclaiming vacant land that, at the present, is in very poor condition.
    At the same time, I am strongly committed to making sure that any 
development on these islands proceeds in an environmentally sound and 
sensitive manner. Under this legislation, all development plans for 
Children's Island--whether for the recreation park, playground, related 
structures, bridges or roads--must be reviewed and approved by both the 
District of Columbia and the National Capital Planning Commission 
(NCPC). I will be looking to the NCPC as the Federal watchdog to make 
sure that all development plans are consistent with the preservation of 
the natural and cultural resources on the site and in the vicinity. To 
this end, I have today issued a memorandum to the Chair of the NCPC 
setting forth the principles that should guide the NCPC in its review of 
plans for the development of Children's Island.
    In particular, I have asked the NCPC to take a careful look at the 
project to make sure that both environmental safeguards--including those 
contained in the original plan approved by the NCPC and the National 
Park Service--and recreational needs are met. In this regard, the NCPC 
must ensure that the level of development chosen be appropriate to the 
area with due regard to the surrounding neighborhoods, the ecosystem 
management initiatives for the Anacostia River, and preservation of the 
integrity of the nearby parkland. Moreover, the NCPC must ensure that 
development plans are consistent with the principles of environmental 
justice contained in Executive Order No. 12898 of February 11, 1994. 
Further, the National Park Service, as an adjacent landowner, should 
fully participate in the NCPC process.
    In addition, I stated to the NCPC that, in conducting its review, 
the NCPC should be certain that the requirements of the National 
Environmental Policy Act be met. The NCPC should carefully consider all 
alternatives, including the no action alternative of not moving forward 
if adverse impacts are identified that are severe and unavoidable.
    I also asked the NCPC to afford the public maximum opportunity for 
comment. This will allow the proposed planning process to reflect the 
full range of views about development of the islands.
    Further, I am directing the Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of 
Defense, and Administrator of General Services--all of whom are 
represented on the NCPC--to ensure that the NCPC's review of this 
project emphasize children's recreation and education, the protection 
and restoration of the Anacostia watershed, and the public interest of 
the adjacent neighborhoods.
    Should the development plans for Children's Island ultimately not 
pass muster with the NCPC or the District of Columbia, so that the park 
is not built, the Act provides that the islands will revert back to the 
National Park Service.
    It is my expectation that this legislation will promote the 
development of these islands in a manner that will serve the economic 
and recreational needs of the District of Colum- 

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bia while at the same time preserving our important natural and cultural 
resources.
                                            William J. Clinton
The White House,
July 19, 1996.

Note: H.R. 1508, approved July 19, was assigned Public Law No. 104-163. 
This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate 
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Monday, July 29, 1996
 
Volume 32--Number 30
Pages 1297-1345
 
Week Ending Friday, July 26, 1996
 
Memorandum on National Children's Island

July 19, 1996

Memorandum for the Chair of the National Capital Planning Commission

Subject: National Children's Island

    Today I signed into law H.R. 1508, the National Children's Island 
Act, which authorizes the development of a family-oriented recreation 
park and a children's playground on islands in the Anacostia River in 
the District of Columbia. The creation of this project has had the 
strong support of the District of Columbia government. In addition, the 
National Park Service has worked for many years to improve this area. 
The project will bring much needed development into the area.
    While it is my intent that this opportunity be made available to the 
children of the District of Columbia, I am also strongly committed to 
making sure that any development of these islands is consistent with the 
preservation of the natural and cultural resources on the site and in 
the vicinity. I will be looking to the National Capital Planning 
Commission (NCPC) as the Federal watchdog to achieve these dual goals.
    The Act specifies that any development plan be reviewed and approved 
by the NCPC. I expect the NCPC to be guided by the following principles:
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            The project should fully conform to the design, height, 
            density, and other environmental and developmental 
            safeguards contained in the plat filed in the Office of the 
            Surveyor of the District of Columbia under S.O. 92-252.
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            The NCPC should fully comply with the requirements of the 
            National Environmental Policy Act in reviewing the proposed 
            project and associated structures, including transportation 
            components. In doing so, the NCPC should ensure that all 
            members of the affected community and other interested 
            parties have ample opportunity to participate in the 
            development of alternatives and to review and comment on the 
            analysis of impacts. The NCPC should carefully consider all 
            alternatives, including the no action alternative, in its 
            review. Its ultimate goal should be to ensure appropriate 
            development on the site consistent with protection of the 
            historical and natural resources found in the area, 
            protection of the neighborhood, and preservation of the 
            integrity of nearby parkland.
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            The NCPC should ensure that the design is consistent with 
            the principles of environmental justice contained in 
            Executive Order No. 12898 of February 11, 1994.
    I have also directed the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of 
Defense, and the Administrator of General Services to assure that the 
NCPC fully complies with the recommendations detailed above. They shall 
seek to assure that all reviews done emphasize children's recreation and 
education, the protection and restoration of the Anacostia watershed, 
and the public interest of the adjacent neighborhoods.
    These endeavors should result in a plan that will serve the economic 
and recreational needs of the District of Columbia in a fashion 
compatible with the preservation of important natural and cultural 
resources.
                                            William J. Clinton
      

Note: This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.

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