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Buy America Waiver Notification

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AGENCY:

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

This notice provides information regarding the FHWA's finding that a Buy America waiver is appropriate for the use of foreign U-69 guard bars, Manganese Castings, Turnout braces, and weld kits in the Federal-aid construction project for the CREATE Project in Illinois.

DATES:

The effective date of the waiver is July 8, 2009.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For questions about this notice, please contact Mr. Gerald Yakowenko, FHWA Office of Program Administration, (202) 366-1562, or via e-mail at gerald.yakowenko@dot.gov. For legal questions, please contact Mr. Michael Harkins, FHWA Office of the Chief Counsel, (202) 366-4928, or via e-mail at michael.harkins@dot.gov. 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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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 regulations in 23 CFR 635.410 require 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 of such 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 the U-69 guard bars, Manganese Castings, Turnout braces, and weld kits for the CREATE project in Illinois.

In accordance with Division I, section 126 of the “Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009” (Pub. L. 111-8), the FHWA published a notice of intent to issue a waiver on its Web site for the U-69 guard bars, Manganese Castings, Turnout braces, and weld kits (http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/​construction/​contracts/​waivers.cfm?​id=​33) on May 20th. The FHWA received no comments in response to this notice, which suggested that the U-69 guard bars, Manganese Castings, Turnout braces, and weld kits may not be available domestically. During the 15-day comment period, the FHWA conducted an additional nationwide review to locate potential domestic manufacturers for the U-69 guard bars, Manganese Castings, Turnout braces, and weld kits. Based on all the information available to the agency, the FHWA concludes that there are no domestic manufacturers for the U-69 guard bars, Manganese Castings, Turnout braces, and weld kits. Thus, the FHWA concludes that 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 link provided to the Illinois waiver page noted above.

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Authority: 23 U.S.C. 313; Public Law 110-161, 23 CFR 635.410.

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Issued on: June 26, 2009.

King W. Gee,

Associate Administrator for Infrastructure.

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[FR Doc. E9-15854 Filed 7-6-09; 8:45 am]

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