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Buy America Waiver Notification

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

American Government

Buy America Waiver Notification

Victor M. Mendez
Federal Highway Administration
November 25, 2013


[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 227 (Monday, November 25, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 70394-70395]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-28196]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration


Buy America Waiver Notification

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice provides information regarding the FHWA's finding 
that a Buy America waiver is appropriate for the use of non-domestic 
iron and steel products in CNG Compressor/Controller (1) for Kings 
County, CA: 2 Storage spheres for city of Exeter, CA: 1 CNG fuelling 
station for Newman, CA.

DATES: The effective date of the waiver is November 26, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions about this notice, 
please contact Mr. Gerald Yakowenko, FHWA Office of Program 
Administration, (202) 366-1562, or via email at 
gerald.yakowenko@dot.gov. For legal questions, please contact Mr. 
Michael Harkins, FHWA Office of the Chief Counsel, (202) 366-4928, or 
via email at michael.harkins@dot.gov. Office hours for the FHWA are 
from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except 
Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Electronic Access

    An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded from the 
Federal Register's home page at: http://www.archives.gov and the 
Government Printing Office's database at: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara.

Background

    The FHWA's Buy America policy in 23 CFR 635.410 requires a domestic 
manufacturing process for any steel or iron products (including 
protective coatings) that are permanently incorporated in a Federal-aid 
construction project. The regulation also provides for a waiver of the 
Buy America requirements when the application would be inconsistent 
with the public interest or when satisfactory quality domestic steel 
and iron products are not sufficiently available. This notice provides 
information regarding the FHWA's finding that a Buy America waiver is 
appropriate to use non-domestic CNG Compressor/Controller (1) for Kings 
County, CA: 2 Storage spheres for city of Exeter CA: 1 CNG fueling 
station for Newman, CA.
    In accordance with Division A, section 122 of the ``Consolidated 
and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012'' (Pub. L. 112-55), the 
FHWA published a notice of intent to issue a waiver on its Web site for 
non-domestic iron and steel products in CNG Compressor/Controller (1) 
for Kings County, CA: 2 Storage spheres for city of Exeter, CA: 1 CNG 
fueling station for Newman, CA (http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/construction/contracts/waivers.cfm?id=91) on September 3, 2013. The FHWA received no 
comments in response to the publication. During the 15-day comment 
period, the FHWA conducted additional nationwide review to locate 
potential domestic manufacturers of the CNG Compressor/Controller (1) 
for Kings County, CA: 2 Storage spheres for city of Exeter, CA and 1 
CNG fueling station for Newman, CA.
    Based on all the information available to the agency, the FHWA 
concludes that there are no domestic manufacturers of the CNG 
Compressor/Controller (1) for Kings County, CA: 2 Storage spheres for 
city of Exeter, CA: 1 CNG fueling station for Newman, CA.

[[Page 70395]]

    In accordance with the provisions of section 117 of the SAFETEA-LU 
Technical Corrections Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-244, 122 Stat. 1572), 
the FHWA is providing this notice as its finding that a waiver of Buy 
America requirements is appropriate. The FHWA invites public comment on 
this finding for an additional 15 days following the effective date of 
the finding. Comments may be submitted to the FHWA's Web site via the 
link provided to the California waiver page noted above.

    Authority: 23 U.S.C. 313; Pub. L. 110-161, 23 CFR 635.410.

    Issued on: November 18, 2013.
Victor M. Mendez,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2013-28196 Filed 11-22-13; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4910-22-P

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