Notice of a Regional Project Waiver of Section 1605 (Buy American) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to the Town of Newburyport, MA, 59172-59174 [E9-27617]

Download as PDF 59172 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 220 / Tuesday, November 17, 2009 / Notices submit its final action in its report to Congress under the Act. Dated: November 5, 2009. David R. Lloyd, Director, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. [FR Doc. E9–27568 Filed 11–16–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OAR–2009–0430; FRL–8977–8] Final Notice of Data Availability Concerning Compliance Supplement Pool Allowance Allocations Under the Clean Air Interstate Rule Federal Implementation Plan. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of data availability (NODA). mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: EPA is administering—under the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) Federal Implementation Plans (FIPs)— the CAIR NOX Annual Trading Program Compliance Supplement Pool (CAIR CSP) for the States of Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The CAIR FIPs require the Administrator to determine by order the CAIR CSP allowance allocations for units in these States whose owners and operators requested and qualify for these allocations and to provide the public with the opportunity to object to the determinations of allocations and denials of allocations. On August 6, 2009, EPA issued a NODA setting forth such determinations in the Federal Register and provided an opportunity for submission of objections. Through the NODA issued today, EPA is making available to the public the Agency’s determinations, after considering all objections, of CAIR CSP allowance allocations and denials of such allocations under the FIPs, as well as the data upon which the allocations and denials of allocations were based. DATES: Under § 97.143(d)(5), EPA must record, by January 1, 2010, the CSP allowance allocations, consistent with this NODA, in the compliance accounts of units whose owners and operators successfully applied for a CSP allowance allocation under the CAIR FIPs. Docket: EPA established a docket for this action at http:// www.regulations.gov under docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2009–0430. All documents in the docket (including documents showing EPA’s VerDate Nov<24>2008 20:50 Nov 16, 2009 Jkt 220001 determinations of CAIR CSP allowance allocations and denials of allocations and the data upon which the allocations and denial of allocations were based) are listed in the http:// www.regulations.gov index. Docket materials are available either electronically at http:// www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566–1744, and the telephone number for the Air Docket is (202) 566– 1742. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions concerning this action should be addressed to Robert L. Miller, EPA Headquarters, CAMD (6204J), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, telephone (202) 343–9077, and e-mail miller.robertl@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: For more background and information regarding the purpose of the NODA, requirements for requesting and receiving CAIR CSP allowances under the CAIR FIPs, procedures for allocating such allowances, the application by EPA of requirements to individual CSP allocation requests, and the interpretation the data upon which CSP allocations and denial of allocations were based, see the August 6, 2009 NODA (74 FR 39315, Aug. 6, 2009). EPA received one objection to the determinations and data in the August 6, 2009 NODA. EPA responded to the objection in a written response in which EPA denied the objection (See Document ID EPA–HQ–OAR–2009– 0430–0006). For the reasons set forth in the August 6, 2009 NODA, the NODA, and the response to the objection, EPA adopts the CSP allocations set forth in the August 6, 2009 NODA. EPA is not requesting objections to the data provided in this final NODA. This action constitutes a final action for determining the CAIR CSP allowance allocations under § 97.143 and the CAIR FIPs. Dated: October 27, 2009. Edward Callahan, Acting Director, Office of Atmospheric Programs. [FR Doc. E9–27614 Filed 11–16–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–8981–6] Notice of a Regional Project Waiver of Section 1605 (Buy American) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to the Town of Newburyport, MA AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The EPA is hereby granting a waiver of the Buy America requirements of ARRA Section 1605 under the authority of Section 1605(b)(2) [manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality] to the Town of Newburyport, Massachusetts (‘‘Town’’) for the purchase of a foreign manufactured rotary sludge dewatering press. This is a project specific waiver and only applies to the use of the specified product for the ARRA project being proposed. Any other ARRA recipient that wishes to use the same product must apply for a separate waiver based on project specific circumstances. The Town’s proposed wastewater treatment facility improvements will include replacement of the existing belt filter presses for sludge generated at the plant. Based upon information submitted by the Town and its consultants, it was determined that two 4-channel rotary press sludge dewatering units, manufactured by Fournier Industries of Quebec, Canada, will meet the Town’s design and performance specifications. The Acting Regional Administrator is making this determination based on the review and recommendations of the Municipal Assistance Unit. The Town, through its consulting engineers, has provided sufficient documentation to support their request. The Assistant Administrator of the Office of Administration and Resources Management has concurred on this decision to make an exception to Section 1605 of ARRA. This action permits the purchase of two 4-channel rotary press sludge dewatering units, manufactured by Fournier Industries, by the Town, as specified in its August 13, 2009 request, as part of the improvements to the wastewater treatment facility. DATES: Effective Date: November 3, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Spinale, Environmental Engineer, (617) 918–1547, or Katie Connors, E:\FR\FM\17NON1.SGM 17NON1 mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 220 / Tuesday, November 17, 2009 / Notices Environmental Engineer, (617) 918– 1658, Municipal Assistance Unit (CMU), Office of Ecosystem Protection (OEP), U.S. EPA, One Congress Street, CMU, Boston, MA 02114. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with ARRA Section 1605(c), the EPA hereby provides notice that it is granting a project waiver of the requirements of Sections 1605(b)(2) of Public Law 111–5, Buy American requirements, to the Town of Newburyport (‘‘Town’’), Massachusetts for the purchase of two 4-channel rotary press sludge dewatering units, manufactured by Fournier Industries of Quebec, Canada. It has been determined that this rotary press meets the Town’s technical specifications for design and performance of a sludge dewatering unit as part of its wastewater treatment plant improvement project. Based on the information provided by the applicant, there are no domestically manufactured rotary sludge presses that at this time meet the specific design criteria established for this unit in the Town’s project. Section 1605 of the ARRA requires that none of the appropriated funds may be used for the construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a public building or public work unless all of the iron, steel, and manufactured goods used in the project is produced in the United States, or unless a waiver is provided to the recipient by the head of the appropriate agency, here the EPA. A waiver may be provided if EPA determines that (1) applying these requirements would be inconsistent with the public interest; (2) iron, steel, and the relevant manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality; or (3) inclusion of iron, steel, and the relevant manufactured goods produced in the United States will increase the cost of the overall project by more than 25 percent. The Town has requested a waiver from the Buy American Provision for the purchase of the foreign made rotary press sludge dewatering units as part of its wastewater treatment plant improvement project. The purchase of the new rotary sludge presses is intended to replace the existing belt filter presses at the wastewater treatment plant. The cost of the overall upgrade and replacement of the Town’s wastewater treatment plant is estimated at $24.4 million, of which the cost of the two foreign made rotary sludge press units is $660,000. The key selection criteria established by the Town and its consulting VerDate Nov<24>2008 20:50 Nov 16, 2009 Jkt 220001 engineers for the sludge dewatering equipment include: • Maintain dry cake solids between 18% and 20% by weight. • Reduce odors and improve working conditions for operators by minimizing exposure to odorous and hazardous gases released from the sludge as well as exposure to bio-aerosols and pathogens. To achieve this goal, enclosed dewatering equipment is required. • Allow for automatic adjustment for variation in feed solids concentrations and sludge mix ratios to provide consistent and optimum cake solids. • Allow for unattended, automatic operation. • Allow for backup capacity during periods of equipment failure and routine maintenance. As part of the review of potentially viable sludge dewatering units, three technologies were evaluated by the Town and their consultants: (1) Belt filter press, (2) centrifuge system; and (3) screw/rotary press. Of the three technologies, it was determined that the rotary sludge press is the preferred technology because it ranked the highest in terms of meeting the key criteria highlighted above. In particular, the rotary press manufactured by Fournier Industries was identified as a technically and economically feasible unit meeting all of the selection criteria established as part of the design requirements. The Fournier Rotary Press is the preferred technology for installation at the Town’s wastewater treatment plant because of the following advantages: • High cake solids concentration. • Low odor emissions due to the enclosed design. • Provides for continuous operation and has the flexibility to increase capacity based on influent flow. • Low maintenance due to the slow rotational speed, requiring minimal operator attention. • Low energy requirements resulting in low operation and maintenance costs. • Each channel is an independent self-contained modular unit which can be interchanged with other same model rotary presses. • Low noise and vibration output due to low operations speeds. • Compact size resulting in smaller building and room footprint requirements. • Filtration elements within each channel are of a non-clogging design which does not require washwater during operation. The technical memorandum prepared by the Town’s consulting engineers indicates that of the other manufacturers PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 59173 that have similar dewatering units, only the Fournier Industries Rotary Press achieves the design criteria established for this project. The project specifications stipulate that the rotary press be capable of meeting the following criteria: • Design Load: 9,000 dry lb/d. • Design Load: 200 dry lb/h/channel. • Inlet Percent Solids: 2–3.5%. • Primary Sludge/WAS ratio: 70/30. • Anticipated Dry Cake Solids: 18– 28%. Based on the review of available information, there is only one domestic manufacturer of similar rotary type presses for municipal sludge. However, this manufacturer only produces 1 and 2 channel rotary fan presses and currently cannot meet the design specifications required for this proposed project. One of the biggest design constraints is available space for the sludge dewatering equipment. The existing wastewater treatment plant is located near residential homes on an extremely small piece of land. The domestic alternative can only provide one or two channel rotary press units and would therefore require at least four 2-channel units to meet the specifications and match the production of two 4-channel Fournier Rotary Presses. Further, the use of additional domestic units will result in a larger footprint as opposed to the footprint of the two foreign made rotary presses. For these reasons, the Fournier Industries Rotary Sludge Presses are the only units at the present time that are acceptable in terms of meeting the design specifications and the space constraints of this project. The April 28, 2009 EPA HQ Memorandum, ‘‘Implementation of Buy American provisions of Public Law 111–5, the ‘American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009’ ’’ (‘‘Memorandum’’), defines reasonably available quantity as ‘‘the quantity of iron, steel, or relevant manufactured good is available or will be available at the time needed and place needed, and in the proper form or specification as specified in the project plans and design.’’ The same Memorandum defines ‘‘satisfactory quality’’ as ‘‘the quality of steel, iron or manufactured good specified in the project plans and designs.’’ The Town has requested a waiver of the ARRA Buy American provisions on the basis of unavailability of a U.S. manufactured product that will meet the design and performance criteria specified for the sludge dewatering unit. The evaluation of all of the submitted documentation by EPA’s technical review team supports the Town’s claim E:\FR\FM\17NON1.SGM 17NON1 mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES 59174 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 220 / Tuesday, November 17, 2009 / Notices that at this time no domestic manufacturer can provide a suitable rotary sludge dewatering press which meets the specifications for this unit. Based on the information available, and to the best of our knowledge, there do not appear to be other rotary press sludge dewatering units manufactured in the United States that are available at this time to meet the Town’s design specifications and performance requirements for this unit. Furthermore, the purpose of the ARRA is to stimulate economic recovery by funding current infrastructure construction, not to delay projects that are already ‘‘shovel ready’’ by requiring SRF eligible recipients such as the Town to revise their design standards and specifications. The imposition of ARRA Buy American requirements in this case would result in unreasonable delay for this project. To delay this construction would directly conflict with a fundamental economic purpose of ARRA, which is to create or retain jobs. The Municipal Assistance Unit (CMU) has reviewed this waiver request and has determined that the supporting documentation provided by the Town established both a proper basis to specify the particular good required and that this manufactured good was not available from a producer in the United States able to meet the design specifications for the proposed project. The information provided is sufficient to meet the following criteria listed under Section 1605(b) of the ARRA and in the April 28, 2009 Memorandum: Iron, steel, and the manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality. The March 31, 2009 Delegation of Authority Memorandum provided Regional Administrators with the authority to issue exceptions to Section 1605 of ARRA within the geographic boundaries of their respective regions and with respect to requests by individual grant recipients. Having established both a proper basis to specify the particular good required for this project and that this manufactured good was not available from a producer in the United States, the Town is hereby granted a waiver from the Buy American requirements of Section 1605(a) of Public Law 111–5. This waiver permits use of ARRA funds for the purchase of the two specified Fournier Industries 4-channel rotary press sludge dewatering units documented in Town’s waiver request submittal dated August 13, 2009 as part of its wastewater treatment plant improvements. This supplementary VerDate Nov<24>2008 20:50 Nov 16, 2009 Jkt 220001 information constitutes the detailed written justification required by Section 1605(c) for waivers based on a finding under subsection (b). Authority: Public Law 111–5, section 1605. Dated: November 3, 2009. Ira W. Leighton, Acting Regional Administrator, EPA Region 1—New England. [FR Doc. E9–27617 Filed 11–16–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–8982–3] Notice of a Project Waiver of Section 1605 (Buy American Requirement) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to the Town of Greensboro, Maryland AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Acting Regional Administrator of EPA Region III is hereby granting a project waiver of the Buy American requirements of ARRA Section 1605 under the authority of Section 1605(b)(2) [manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality] to the Town of Greensboro for the purchase of a moving bed biological reactor (Geo-Reactor®) containment drum, which is a major component of the Geo-Reactor® wastewater treatment process, for retrofit installation into an existing Rotating Biological Contactor (RBC) basin at its Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). Greensboro indicates that the Geo-Reactor® treatment process is necessary to achieve the wastewater treatment levels required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits issued for this WWTP. The GeoReactor® containment drum under consideration is manufactured by a company located in Canada and no United States manufacturer produces an alternative that meets Greensboro’s justified technical specifications, including retrofit capacity. This is a project specific waiver and only applies to the use of the specified product for the ARRA funded project being proposed. Any other ARRA project that may wish to use the same product must apply for a separate waiver based on the specific project circumstances. The Acting Regional Administrator is making this determination based on the review and recommendations of the PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 EPA Region III, Water Protection Division, Office of Infrastructure and Assistance. Greensboro has provided sufficient documentation to support its request. The Assistant Administrator of the EPA’s Office of Administration and Resources Management has concurred on this decision to make an exception to Section 1605 of ARRA. This action permits the purchase of a Geo-Reactor® containment drum for the proposed replacement and retrofit project being implemented by Greensboro. DATES: Effective Date: November 5, 2009 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Chominski, Deputy Associate Director, (215) 814–2162, or David McAdams, Environmental Engineer, (215) 814–5764, Office of Infrastructure & Assistance (OIA), Water Protection Division, U.S. EPA Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103– 2029. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with ARRA Section 1605(c), EPA hereby provides notice that it is granting a project waiver of the requirements of Section 1605(b)(2) of Public Law 111–5, Buy American requirements to the Town of Greensboro for the acquisition of a Geo-Reactor® containment drum manufactured by Jebco Industries, located in Canada, for Parkson Corporation. Greensboro has been unable to find an American made moving bed biological reactor manufacturer to meet its specific wastewater requirements. Section 1605 of the ARRA requires that none of the appropriated funds may be used for the construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a public building or public work unless all of the iron, steel, and manufactured goods used in the project are produced in the United States unless a waiver is provided to the recipient by EPA. A waiver may be provided if EPA determines that (1) Applying these requirements would be inconsistent with public interest; (2) iron, steel, and the relevant manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality; or (3) inclusion of iron, steel, and the relevant manufactured goods produced in the United States will increase the cost of the overall project by more than 25 percent. Greensboro’s waiver request is to allow the purchase of a Geo-Reactor® containment drum for use in improvements to its existing WWTP. This project will upgrade its existing WWTP by replacing an existing RBC treatment unit with a new Geo-Reactor® E:\FR\FM\17NON1.SGM 17NON1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

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Notice of a Regional Project Waiver of Section 1605 (Buy 
American) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) 
to the Town of Newburyport, MA

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The EPA is hereby granting a waiver of the Buy America 
requirements of ARRA Section 1605 under the authority of Section 
1605(b)(2) [manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in 
sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory 
quality] to the Town of Newburyport, Massachusetts (``Town'') for the 
purchase of a foreign manufactured rotary sludge dewatering press. This 
is a project specific waiver and only applies to the use of the 
specified product for the ARRA project being proposed. Any other ARRA 
recipient that wishes to use the same product must apply for a separate 
waiver based on project specific circumstances. The Town's proposed 
wastewater treatment facility improvements will include replacement of 
the existing belt filter presses for sludge generated at the plant. 
Based upon information submitted by the Town and its consultants, it 
was determined that two 4-channel rotary press sludge dewatering units, 
manufactured by Fournier Industries of Quebec, Canada, will meet the 
Town's design and performance specifications. The Acting Regional 
Administrator is making this determination based on the review and 
recommendations of the Municipal Assistance Unit. The Town, through its 
consulting engineers, has provided sufficient documentation to support 
their request. The Assistant Administrator of the Office of 
Administration and Resources Management has concurred on this decision 
to make an exception to Section 1605 of ARRA. This action permits the 
purchase of two 4-channel rotary press sludge dewatering units, 
manufactured by Fournier Industries, by the Town, as specified in its 
August 13, 2009 request, as part of the improvements to the wastewater 
treatment facility.

DATES: Effective Date: November 3, 2009.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Spinale, Environmental Engineer, 
(617) 918-1547, or Katie Connors,

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Environmental Engineer, (617) 918-1658, Municipal Assistance Unit 
(CMU), Office of Ecosystem Protection (OEP), U.S. EPA, One Congress 
Street, CMU, Boston, MA 02114.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with ARRA Section 1605(c), the 
EPA hereby provides notice that it is granting a project waiver of the 
requirements of Sections 1605(b)(2) of Public Law 111-5, Buy American 
requirements, to the Town of Newburyport (``Town''), Massachusetts for 
the purchase of two 4-channel rotary press sludge dewatering units, 
manufactured by Fournier Industries of Quebec, Canada. It has been 
determined that this rotary press meets the Town's technical 
specifications for design and performance of a sludge dewatering unit 
as part of its wastewater treatment plant improvement project. Based on 
the information provided by the applicant, there are no domestically 
manufactured rotary sludge presses that at this time meet the specific 
design criteria established for this unit in the Town's project.
    Section 1605 of the ARRA requires that none of the appropriated 
funds may be used for the construction, alteration, maintenance, or 
repair of a public building or public work unless all of the iron, 
steel, and manufactured goods used in the project is produced in the 
United States, or unless a waiver is provided to the recipient by the 
head of the appropriate agency, here the EPA. A waiver may be provided 
if EPA determines that (1) applying these requirements would be 
inconsistent with the public interest; (2) iron, steel, and the 
relevant manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in 
sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory 
quality; or (3) inclusion of iron, steel, and the relevant manufactured 
goods produced in the United States will increase the cost of the 
overall project by more than 25 percent.
    The Town has requested a waiver from the Buy American Provision for 
the purchase of the foreign made rotary press sludge dewatering units 
as part of its wastewater treatment plant improvement project. The 
purchase of the new rotary sludge presses is intended to replace the 
existing belt filter presses at the wastewater treatment plant. The 
cost of the overall upgrade and replacement of the Town's wastewater 
treatment plant is estimated at $24.4 million, of which the cost of the 
two foreign made rotary sludge press units is $660,000.
    The key selection criteria established by the Town and its 
consulting engineers for the sludge dewatering equipment include:
     Maintain dry cake solids between 18% and 20% by weight.
     Reduce odors and improve working conditions for operators 
by minimizing exposure to odorous and hazardous gases released from the 
sludge as well as exposure to bio-aerosols and pathogens. To achieve 
this goal, enclosed dewatering equipment is required.
     Allow for automatic adjustment for variation in feed 
solids concentrations and sludge mix ratios to provide consistent and 
optimum cake solids.
     Allow for unattended, automatic operation.
     Allow for backup capacity during periods of equipment 
failure and routine maintenance.
    As part of the review of potentially viable sludge dewatering 
units, three technologies were evaluated by the Town and their 
consultants: (1) Belt filter press, (2) centrifuge system; and (3) 
screw/rotary press. Of the three technologies, it was determined that 
the rotary sludge press is the preferred technology because it ranked 
the highest in terms of meeting the key criteria highlighted above. In 
particular, the rotary press manufactured by Fournier Industries was 
identified as a technically and economically feasible unit meeting all 
of the selection criteria established as part of the design 
requirements. The Fournier Rotary Press is the preferred technology for 
installation at the Town's wastewater treatment plant because of the 
following advantages:
     High cake solids concentration.
     Low odor emissions due to the enclosed design.
     Provides for continuous operation and has the flexibility 
to increase capacity based on influent flow.
     Low maintenance due to the slow rotational speed, 
requiring minimal operator attention.
     Low energy requirements resulting in low operation and 
maintenance costs.
     Each channel is an independent self-contained modular unit 
which can be interchanged with other same model rotary presses.
     Low noise and vibration output due to low operations 
speeds.
     Compact size resulting in smaller building and room 
footprint requirements.
     Filtration elements within each channel are of a non-
clogging design which does not require washwater during operation.
    The technical memorandum prepared by the Town's consulting 
engineers indicates that of the other manufacturers that have similar 
dewatering units, only the Fournier Industries Rotary Press achieves 
the design criteria established for this project. The project 
specifications stipulate that the rotary press be capable of meeting 
the following criteria:
     Design Load: 9,000 dry lb/d.
     Design Load: 200 dry lb/h/channel.
     Inlet Percent Solids: 2-3.5%.
     Primary Sludge/WAS ratio: 70/30.
     Anticipated Dry Cake Solids: 18-28%.
    Based on the review of available information, there is only one 
domestic manufacturer of similar rotary type presses for municipal 
sludge. However, this manufacturer only produces 1 and 2 channel rotary 
fan presses and currently cannot meet the design specifications 
required for this proposed project. One of the biggest design 
constraints is available space for the sludge dewatering equipment. The 
existing wastewater treatment plant is located near residential homes 
on an extremely small piece of land. The domestic alternative can only 
provide one or two channel rotary press units and would therefore 
require at least four 2-channel units to meet the specifications and 
match the production of two 4-channel Fournier Rotary Presses. Further, 
the use of additional domestic units will result in a larger footprint 
as opposed to the footprint of the two foreign made rotary presses. For 
these reasons, the Fournier Industries Rotary Sludge Presses are the 
only units at the present time that are acceptable in terms of meeting 
the design specifications and the space constraints of this project.
    The April 28, 2009 EPA HQ Memorandum, ``Implementation of Buy 
American provisions of Public Law 111-5, the `American Recovery and 
Reinvestment Act of 2009' '' (``Memorandum''), defines reasonably 
available quantity as ``the quantity of iron, steel, or relevant 
manufactured good is available or will be available at the time needed 
and place needed, and in the proper form or specification as specified 
in the project plans and design.'' The same Memorandum defines 
``satisfactory quality'' as ``the quality of steel, iron or 
manufactured good specified in the project plans and designs.''
    The Town has requested a waiver of the ARRA Buy American provisions 
on the basis of unavailability of a U.S. manufactured product that will 
meet the design and performance criteria specified for the sludge 
dewatering unit. The evaluation of all of the submitted documentation 
by EPA's technical review team supports the Town's claim

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that at this time no domestic manufacturer can provide a suitable 
rotary sludge dewatering press which meets the specifications for this 
unit. Based on the information available, and to the best of our 
knowledge, there do not appear to be other rotary press sludge 
dewatering units manufactured in the United States that are available 
at this time to meet the Town's design specifications and performance 
requirements for this unit.
    Furthermore, the purpose of the ARRA is to stimulate economic 
recovery by funding current infrastructure construction, not to delay 
projects that are already ``shovel ready'' by requiring SRF eligible 
recipients such as the Town to revise their design standards and 
specifications. The imposition of ARRA Buy American requirements in 
this case would result in unreasonable delay for this project. To delay 
this construction would directly conflict with a fundamental economic 
purpose of ARRA, which is to create or retain jobs.
    The Municipal Assistance Unit (CMU) has reviewed this waiver 
request and has determined that the supporting documentation provided 
by the Town established both a proper basis to specify the particular 
good required and that this manufactured good was not available from a 
producer in the United States able to meet the design specifications 
for the proposed project. The information provided is sufficient to 
meet the following criteria listed under Section 1605(b) of the ARRA 
and in the April 28, 2009 Memorandum: Iron, steel, and the manufactured 
goods are not produced in the United States in sufficient and 
reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality.
    The March 31, 2009 Delegation of Authority Memorandum provided 
Regional Administrators with the authority to issue exceptions to 
Section 1605 of ARRA within the geographic boundaries of their 
respective regions and with respect to requests by individual grant 
recipients.
    Having established both a proper basis to specify the particular 
good required for this project and that this manufactured good was not 
available from a producer in the United States, the Town is hereby 
granted a waiver from the Buy American requirements of Section 1605(a) 
of Public Law 111-5. This waiver permits use of ARRA funds for the 
purchase of the two specified Fournier Industries 4-channel rotary 
press sludge dewatering units documented in Town's waiver request 
submittal dated August 13, 2009 as part of its wastewater treatment 
plant improvements. This supplementary information constitutes the 
detailed written justification required by Section 1605(c) for waivers 
based on a finding under subsection (b).

    Authority: Public Law 111-5, section 1605.

    Dated: November 3, 2009.
Ira W. Leighton,
Acting Regional Administrator, EPA Region 1--New England.
[FR Doc. E9-27617 Filed 11-16-09; 8:45 am]
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