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Buy America Waiver Notification

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Buy America Waiver Notification

Gregory G. Nadeau
Federal Highway Administration
October 15, 2015


[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 199 (Thursday, October 15, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Page 62155]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-26190]


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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 FHWA's finding that 
a Buy America waiver is appropriate for the use of non-domestic motor 
and machinery brakes for a moveable bridge in the State of Florida.

DATES: The effective date of the waiver is October 16, 2015.

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. Jomar 
Maldonado, FHWA Office of the Chief Counsel, (202) 366-1373, or via 
email at Jomar.Maldonado@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 FHWA's finding that a Buy America waiver is 
appropriate for use of non-domestic motor and machinery brakes that 
meet American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials 
(AASHTO) Moveable Highway Bridge Design Specifications and Florida DOT 
Structures Design Guidelines for the Flagler Memorial Bridge 
Replacement Project, Palm Beach County, Florida.
    In accordance with Division K, section 122 of the ``Consolidated 
and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015'' (Pub. L. 113-235), 
FHWA published a notice of intent to issue a waiver on its Web site 
(http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/construction/contracts/waivers.cfm?id=110) on 
July 20. The FHWA received no comments in response to the publication. 
During the 15-day comment period, FHWA conducted an additional review 
to locate potential domestic manufacturers of motor and machinery 
brakes that meet AASHTO and Florida DOT standards. Based on all the 
information available to the agency, FHWA concludes that there are no 
domestic manufacturers of motor and machinery brakes that meet the 
specifications.
    In accordance with the provisions of section 117 of the SAFETEA-LU 
Technical Corrections Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-244, 122 Stat. 1572), 
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 FHWA's Web site via the link 
provided to the waiver page noted above.

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


    Issued on: October 6, 2015.
Gregory G. Nadeau,
Administrator, Federal Highway Administration.
[FR Doc. 2015-26190 Filed 10-14-15; 8:45 am]
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