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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 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.

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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 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.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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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.

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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.

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

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Issued on: November 18, 2013.

Victor M. Mendez,

Administrator.

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[FR Doc. 2013-28196 Filed 11-22-13; 8:45 am]

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