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Buy America Waiver Notification

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Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.




This notice provides information regarding the FHWA's finding that a Buy America waiver is appropriate for certain steel products used in Federal-aid bridge construction projects in North Carolina.


The effective date of the waiver is October 16, 2008.

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For questions about this notice, please contact Mr. Gerald Yakowenko, FHWA Office of Program Administration, (202) 366-1562, For legal questions, please contact Mr. Michael Harkins, FHWA Office of the Chief Counsel, (202) 366-4928, Office hours for the FHWA are from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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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 application of the requirements 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 for specialty machinery and motor brakes used on certain bridge projects in North Carolina.

In accordance with section 130 of Division K of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008” (Pub. L. 110-161), on August 21, 2008, the FHWA published on its Web site a notice of intent to issue a waiver for machinery and motor brakes (​construction/​contracts/​waivers.cfm?​id=​19). The FHWA received one comment which supported the waiver if it is not for multiple applications. During the 15-day comment period, the FHWA conducted an additional nationwide review to locate potential domestic manufacturers of machinery and motor brakes. Based on all the information available to the Agency, including the response received to the notice as well as the Agency's nationwide review, the FHWA concludes that there are no domestic manufacturers for these products, and a Buy America waiver is appropriate as provided by 23 CFR 635.410(c)(1).

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 links above to the North Carolina waiver pages noted above.

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

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Issued on: October 6, 2008.

Thomas J. Madison, Jr.,

Federal Highway Administrator.

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[FR Doc. E8-24529 Filed 10-14-08; 8:45 am]