Buy America Waiver Notification, 78339-78340 [2010-31421]

Download as PDF hsrobinson on DSK69SOYB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 240 / Wednesday, December 15, 2010 / Notices in attending, please email Abby Lindsay at LindsayA@state.gov for the specific time and place. To ensure timely consideration, please submit comments and suggestions in writing no later than January 3, 2011. ADDRESSES: Please submit written comments or suggestions via e-mail (LindsayA@state.gov) or fax ((202) 647– 5947) to Abby Lindsay, Office of Environmental Policy, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State, with the subject line ‘‘U.S.-Oman Joint Forum Meeting.’’ For those with access to the Internet, comments may be submitted at the following address: https:// www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/ home.html#home. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Abby Lindsay, Telephone (202) 647– 8772. 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At the meeting, the Joint Forum will review cooperation activities and the two Governments are expected to sign the new Plan of Action. Dated: December 9, 2010. Willem H. Brakel, Director, Office of Environmental Policy, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2010–31504 Filed 12–14–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–09–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration Buy America Waiver Notification Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice is to rescind the FHWA’s Buy America waiver for the use of non-domestic steel pipe; A53 Grade B, 26″ OD, 0.375″ wall for the construction of a Recovery Act project on SR 60, Section A40, in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. DATES: The effective date of the rescission is December 16, 2010. 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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00137 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 78339 Counsel, (202) 366–4928, or via e-mail at michael.harkins@dot.gov. Office hours for the FHWA are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., est., 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: https:// www.archives.gov and the Government Printing Office’s database at: https:// 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 the application of protective coatings) that are permanently incorporated in a Federalaid 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 is to rescind the Buy America waiver that was processed and published in the Federal Register on October 19, 2010, at 75 FR 64394, for the use of non-domestic steel pipe; A53 Grade B, 26″ OD, 0.375″ wall for a portion of sign support structure no. S– 28760 proposed for Recovery Act project on SR 60 in Alleghany County, PA. During the notice and comment period leading up to the publication of the October 19 notice, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) considered the use of steel pipe API 5L, Grade B, PSL 2 as an alternate equivalent product to steel pipe A53 Grade B, 26″ OD, 0.375″ wall. However, it appeared that the steel slab to be used in the production of the pipe was not available domestically. During the 15-day comment period following the publication of the October 19 notice, the FHWA received a comment that steel pipe API 5L, including the steel slab to be used in production, could be produced domestically. After verifying that PennDOT is willing to approve the use of API 5L, Grade B, PSL 2 as an alternate to steel pipe A53 Grade B, 26″ OD, 0.375″ wall and verifying that API 5L, Grade B, PSL 2 can be produced domestically, the FHWA has determined that a Buy America waiver for steel pipe A53 Grade B, 26″ OD, 0.375″ wall is no longer necessary. Therefore, the Buy America waiver issued on October 19 in the Federal Register (75 FR 64394) for steel pipe E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM 15DEN1 78340 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 240 / Wednesday, December 15, 2010 / Notices Mr. Steve M. Cooke, P.E., Chief, Environmental Services Division, Nevada Department of Transportation, 1263 South Stewart Street, Carson City, Nevada 89712; telephone: (775) 888– 7686; e-mail: scooke@dot.state.nv.us. The NDOT office’s regular business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that the FHWA has taken final agency actions subject to 23 U.S.C. Authority: 23 U.S.C. 313; Pub. L. 110–161, 23 CFR 635.410). 139(l)(1) by approving the ‘‘Record of Decision’’ for the following highway Issued on: December 7, 2010. project in Clark County in the State of Victor M. Mendez, Nevada: Project NEON. The proposed Federal Highway Administrator. project would involve improvements to [FR Doc. 2010–31421 Filed 12–14–10; 8:45 am] the Interstate 15 (I–15) corridor and BILLING CODE 4910–22–P major street connections beginning south of the I–15/Sahara Avenue interchange and continuing to the I–15/ DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION US 95/I–515 interchange (the Las Vegas Spaghetti Bowl) on the north end, Federal Highway Administration covering a distance of 3.7 miles. The Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions actions taken by FHWA, and the laws under which such actions were taken, on Proposed Highway in Nevada are described in the Final AGENCY: Federal Highway Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) Administration (FHWA), DOT. for the project, approved on May 28, ACTION: Notice of Limitation on Claims 2010 (FHWA–NV–EIS–09–01–F), in the for Judicial Review of Actions by FHWA Record of Decision issued on FHWA. October 21, 2010, and in other documents in the FHWA or NDOT SUMMARY: This notice announces actions project records. The FEIS, ROD and taken by the FHWA that are final within other project records are available by the meaning of 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). The contacting FHWA or NDOT at the actions relate to I–15 Corridor addresses provided above. The FHWA Improvements from Sahara Avenue to FEIS and ROD can also be viewed at the US 95 and related local arterial project Web site at https:// improvements, collectively known as www.ndotprojectneon.com, or viewed at Project NEON, in Clark County in the public libraries in the project area. State of Nevada. Those actions grant This notice applies to all Federal licenses, permits, and approvals for the agency decisions as of the issuance date project. of this notice and all laws under which DATES: By this notice, the FHWA is such actions were taken, including but advising the public of final agency not limited to: actions subject to 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). A 1. General: National Environmental claim seeking judicial review of the Policy Act (NEPA) [42 U.S.C. 4321– Federal agency actions on the highway 4351]; Federal-Aid Highway Act project will be barred unless the claim (FAHA) [23 U.S.C. 109 and 23 U.S.C. is filed on or before June 13, 2011. If the 128]; Public Hearing [23 U.S.C. 128]. Federal law that authorizes judicial 2. Air: Clean Air Act [42 U.S.C. 7401– review of a claim provides a time period 7671(q)]. less than 180 days for filing such claim, 3. Noise: Procedures for Abatement of then that shorter time period still Highway Traffic Noise and Construction applies. Noise [23 U.S.C. 109(h), 109(i); 42 U.S.C. 4331, 4332; sec. 339(b), Pub. L. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For 104–59, 109 Stat. 568, 605; 49 CFR FHWA: Mr. Abdelmoez Abdalla, 1.48(b)]. Environmental Program Manager, 4. Land: Section 4(f) of the Federal Highway Administration, 705 North Plaza Street, Carson City, Nevada Department of Transportation Act of 89701–0602; telephone: (775) 687–1231; 1966 [23 U.S.C. 138 and 49 U.S.C. 303] and Section 6(f) of the Land and Water e- mail Conservation Act as amended [16 U.S.C Abdelmoez.Abdalla@fhwa.dot.gov. The FHWA Nevada Division Office’s regular 4601]. 5. Historic and Cultural Resources: business hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time). For the Nevada Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended Department of Transportation (NDOT): hsrobinson on DSK69SOYB1PROD with NOTICES A53 Grade B, 26″ OD, 0.375″ wall is rescinded. 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 Pennsylvania waiver page noted above https:// www.fhwa.dot.gov/construction/ contracts/waivers.cfm?id=51. VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:10 Dec 14, 2010 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00138 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 [16 U.S.C. 470(f) et seq.]; Archeological Resources Protection Act of 1977 [16 U.S.C. 470(aa)–470(ll)]; Archeological and Historic Preservation Act [16 U.S.C. 469–469(c)]; Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act [25 U.S.C. 3001–3013]. 6. 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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 240 (Wednesday, December 15, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Pages 78339-78340]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-31421]


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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 is to rescind the FHWA's Buy America waiver for 
the use of non-domestic steel pipe; A53 Grade B, 26'' OD, 0.375'' wall 
for the construction of a Recovery Act project on SR 60, Section A40, 
in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

DATES: The effective date of the rescission is December 16, 2010.

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 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., est., 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: https://www.archives.gov and the 
Government Printing Office's database at: https://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 the 
application of 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 is to rescind the Buy America waiver that was processed and 
published in the Federal Register on October 19, 2010, at 75 FR 64394, 
for the use of non-domestic steel pipe; A53 Grade B, 26'' OD, 0.375'' 
wall for a portion of sign support structure no. S-28760 proposed for 
Recovery Act project on SR 60 in Alleghany County, PA.
    During the notice and comment period leading up to the publication 
of the October 19 notice, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 
(PennDOT) considered the use of steel pipe API 5L, Grade B, PSL 2 as an 
alternate equivalent product to steel pipe A53 Grade B, 26'' OD, 
0.375'' wall. However, it appeared that the steel slab to be used in 
the production of the pipe was not available domestically. During the 
15-day comment period following the publication of the October 19 
notice, the FHWA received a comment that steel pipe API 5L, including 
the steel slab to be used in production, could be produced 
domestically. After verifying that PennDOT is willing to approve the 
use of API 5L, Grade B, PSL 2 as an alternate to steel pipe A53 Grade 
B, 26'' OD, 0.375'' wall and verifying that API 5L, Grade B, PSL 2 can 
be produced domestically, the FHWA has determined that a Buy America 
waiver for steel pipe A53 Grade B, 26'' OD, 0.375'' wall is no longer 
necessary. Therefore, the Buy America waiver issued on October 19 in 
the Federal Register (75 FR 64394) for steel pipe

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A53 Grade B, 26'' OD, 0.375'' wall is rescinded.
    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 
Pennsylvania waiver page noted above https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/construction/contracts/waivers.cfm?id=51.

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

    Issued on: December 7, 2010.
Victor M. Mendez,
Federal Highway Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2010-31421 Filed 12-14-10; 8:45 am]
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