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Notice of Request To Rescind Buy America Waiver for Minivans and Minivan Chassis; Extension of Comment Period

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American Government Topics:  Chrysler LLC

Notice of Request To Rescind Buy America Waiver for Minivans and Minivan Chassis; Extension of Comment Period

Dana C. Nifosi
Federal Transit Administration
August 28, 2012


[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 167 (Tuesday, August 28, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Page 52134]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-21270]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration

[Docket No. FTA-2012-0029 ]


Notice of Request To Rescind Buy America Waiver for Minivans and 
Minivan Chassis; Extension of Comment Period

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: Chrysler Group LLC has requested that the comment period be 
extended for thirty (30) days, until October 4, 2012, on the Vehicle 
Production Group LLC's (VPG) request for the Federal Transit 
Administration (FTA) to rescind the Buy America non-availability waiver 
it issued on June 21, 2010, for minivans and minivan chassis. FTA 
disagrees that a 30-day extension is necessary to adequately provide 
comments on VPG's request. However, in order to ensure that FTA obtains 
a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of a potential rescission of 
this Buy America waiver and its effects, which necessarily involves 
input from all interested and affected parties, FTA is extending the 
comment period until September 11, 2012.

DATES: Comments must be received by September 11, 2012. Late-filed 
comments will be considered to the extent practicable.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the methods identified in 
FTA's August 3, 2012 Federal Register notice (77 FR 46556).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary J. Lee, FTA Attorney-Advisor, at 
(202) 366-0985 or mary.j.lee@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On August 3, 2012, FTA published a notice in 
the Federal Register (77 FR 46556) requesting comments on whether the 
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) should rescind the non-
availability waiver exempting minivans and minivan chassis from the Buy 
America final assembly requirements outlined in 49 CFR part 661 that 
FTA issued on June 21, 2010 (75 FR 35123). The Vehicle Production Group 
LLC (VPG) has asked FTA to rescind this waiver. VPG manufactures the 
MV-1, a minivan assembled by AM General LLC (AM General) at AM 
General's plan in Mishawaka, Indiana. VPG certifies that its MV-1 
complies with the Buy America requirements for both domestic content 
and final assembly.
    Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) has requested that FTA extend the 
comment period by thirty (30) days, until October 4, 2012. FTA will 
extend the comment period until September 11, 2012. FTA disagrees that 
a 30-day extension period is necessary in order for Chrysler or any 
other interested party to comment on VPG's request to rescind the Buy 
America waiver for minivans and minivan chassis. However, because of 
the need to obtain and understand completely the facts surrounding this 
request and to ensure that all interested parties comment on this 
significant matter, FTA is extending the comment period until September 
11, 2012.

    Issued on August 23, 2012.
Dana C. Nifosi,
Deputy Chief Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2012-21270 Filed 8-27-12; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4910-57-P



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