Licensing (Recommendations)

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The Export Administration Act (EAA), 50 U.S.C. App 2401-2420, authorizes the Commerce Department to restrict exports of goods and technology from the United States in the interests of national security, foreign policy objectives, and preservation of this country’s access to commodities in short supply. It is the principal element in a scheme of...

Entry into banking is controlled on the federal level by four agencies: the Comptroller of the Currency (for charters and branches of national banks), the Federal Home Loan Bank Board (for charters and branches of federal savings and loan associations, and via the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation for account insurance for state-chartered savings and loan...

The new environmental legislation, especially the National Environmental Policy Act, has imposed on licensing agencies responsibility to consider environmental values in licensing that involves major Federal action significantly affecting the environment. The new responsibility has created new difficulties and has exacerbated old problems for the agencies.

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Court decisions, notably Scenic Hudson Preservation Conference v. FPC,[1] have emphasized that in licensing cases the Federal Power Commission must explore and give proper consideration to possible alternatives to the specific plan proposed by the applicant. This principle may in the future be applied to other licensing agencies....