Notice of Proposed Buy America Waiver for Waterjets, 38665-38666 [2014-15903]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 130 / Tuesday, July 8, 2014 / Notices frequency remaining the same since that time. If granted the exemption, he would like to drive a CMV. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Hamby receiving an exemption. Louis Lerch Mr. Lerch is a 62-year-old class A CDL holder in Iowa. He has a history of seizures and has remained seizure free since 1978. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2007. If granted the exemption, he would like to drive a CMV. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Lerch receiving an exemption. Joaquin Polin Mr. Polin is a 47-year-old driver in New York. He has a history of epilepsy and has remained seizure free since 2010. He takes anti-seizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since that time. If granted the exemption, he would like to drive a CMV. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Polin receiving an exemption. Angel Velez-Cruz Mr. Velez-Cruz is a 30-year-old class B CDL holder in New Jersey. He has a history of seizures and has remained seizure free since 2004. He takes antiseizure medication with the dosage and frequency remaining the same since 2009. If granted the exemption, he would like to drive a CMV. His physician states that he is supportive of Mr. Velez-Cruz receiving an exemption. Request for Comments In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e), FMCSA requests public comment from all interested persons on the exemption applications described in this notice. We will consider all comments received before the close of business on the closing date indicated earlier in the notice. Issued on: June 25, 2014. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2014–15955 Filed 7–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Transit Administration [Docket No. FTA–2014–0016] Notice of Proposed Buy America Waiver for Waterjets AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:48 Jul 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 Notice of proposed Buy America waiver and request for comment. ACTION: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) received a request for a waiver to permit the purchase of new waterjets that are non-compliant with Buy America requirements using FTA funding. The request is from the Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District (Golden Gate Bridge) for its M.V. Mendocini ferry vessel. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(3)(A), FTA is providing notice of the waiver request and seeks public comment before deciding whether to grant the request. If granted, the waiver only would apply to a one-time FTAfunded procurement by Golden Gate Bridge. SUMMARY: Comments must be received by July 15, 2014. Late-filed comments will be considered to the extent practicable. ADDRESSES: Please submit your comments by one of the following means, identifying your submissions by docket number FTA–2014–0016: 1. Web site: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the U.S. Government electronic docket site. 2. Fax: (202) 493–2251. 3. Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Docket Operations, M–30, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. 4. Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Docket Operations, M–30, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Instructions: All submissions must make reference to the ‘‘Federal Transit Administration’’ and include docket number FTA–2014–0016. Due to the security procedures in effect since October 2011, mail received through the U.S. Postal Service may be subject to delays. Parties making submissions responsive to this notice should consider using an express mail firm to ensure the prompt filing of any submissions not filed electronically or by hand. Note that all submissions received, including any personal information therein, will be posted without change or alteration to http:// www.regulations.gov. For more information, you may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477), or you may visit http://www.regulations.gov. DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00184 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38665 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary J. Lee, FTA Attorney-Advisor, at (202) 366–0985 or mary.j.lee@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of this notice is to provide notice and seek comment on whether the FTA should a grant non-availability waiver for Golden Gate Bridge’s procurement of replacement waterjets for its M.V. Mendocini ferry vessel. With certain exceptions, FTA’s Buy America requirements prevent FTA from obligating an amount that may be appropriated to carry out its program for a project unless ‘‘the steel, iron, and manufactured goods used in the project are produced in the United States.’’ 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(1). A manufactured product is considered produced in the United States if: (1) all of the manufacturing processes for the product take place in the United States; and (2) all of the components of the product are of U.S. origin. A component is considered of U.S. origin if it is manufactured in the United States, regardless of the origin of its subcomponents. 49 CFR 661.5(d). If, however, FTA determines that ‘‘the steel, iron, and goods produced in the United States are not produced in a sufficient and reasonably available amount or are not of a satisfactory quality,’’ then FTA may issue a waiver (non-availability waiver). 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(2)(B); 49 CFR 661.7(c). Golden Gate Bridge provides ferry service to an average of 7,000 passengers per day. According to Golden Gate Bridge, ridership continues to increase and continued maintenance of its fleet of ferry vessels, such as the M.V. Mendocini, is necessary to provide reliable service. At this time, Golden Gate Bridge needs to replace the waterjets in the M.V. Mendocini. Golden Gate Bridge asserts that there is only one manufacturer of commercial waterjets in the United States, NAMjet of Arkansas, but this manufacturer only provides waterjets for smaller ferry vessels that have no more than 800 brake horsepower (bhp), which is less than half the amount of bhp needed for Golden Gate Bridge’s M.V. Mendocini ferry vessel. In addition, the M.V. Mendocini ferry vessel’s design and control system configuration only permits a waterjet such as the one HamiltonJet of New Zealand manufactures, which is not Buy America compliant. The purpose of this notice is to publish Golden Gate Bridge’s request and seek public comment from all interested parties in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(3)(A). Comments will help FTA understand completely the E:\FR\FM\08JYN1.SGM 08JYN1 38666 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 130 / Tuesday, July 8, 2014 / Notices facts surrounding the request, including the effects of a potential waiver and the merits of the request. A full copy of the request has been placed in docket number FTA–2014–0016. Dana C. Nifosi, Deputy Chief Counsel. [FR Doc. 2014–15903 Filed 7–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–57–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for projects in Chicago, IL. The purpose of this notice is to announce publicly the environmental decisions by FTA on the subject projects and to activate the limitation on any claims that may challenge these final environmental actions. DATES: By this notice, FTA is advising the public of final agency actions subject to Section 139(l) of Title 23, United States Code (U.S.C.). A claim seeking judicial review of FTA actions announced herein for the listed public transportation projects will be barred unless the claim is filed on or before December 5, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy-Ellen Zusman, Assistant Chief Counsel, Office of Chief Counsel, (312) 353–2577 or Terence Plaskon, Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of Human and Natural Environment, (202) 366–0442. FTA is located at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that FTA has taken final agency actions by issuing certain approvals for the public transportation projects listed below. The actions on the projects, as well as the laws under which such actions were taken, are described in the documentation issued in connection with the project to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and in other documents in the FTA administrative record for the projects. Interested parties may contact either the project sponsor or the relevant FTA Regional Office for more information on tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:48 Jul 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 the project. Contact information for FTA’s Regional Offices may be found at http://www.fta.dot.gov. This notice applies to all FTA decisions on the listed projects as of the issuance date of this notice and all laws under which such actions were taken, including, but not limited to, NEPA [42 U.S.C. 4321–4375], Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 [49 U.S.C. 303], Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act [16 U.S.C. 470f], and the Clean Air Act [42 U.S.C. 7401–7671q]. This notice does not, however, alter or extend the limitation period for challenges of project decisions subject to previous notices published in the Federal Register. The projects and actions that are the subject of this notice are: 1. Project name and location: Washington/Wabash Loop Elevated Station Project, Chicago, IL. Project sponsor: City of Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT). Project description: The proposed project would replace two existing stations on the east leg of the Loop Elevated at Randolph/Wabash and Madison/ Wabash by constructing a new station within limits that extend along North Wabash Avenue, from East Washington Street to 150 feet South of East Madison Street. The new station would improve service for people with disabilities, provide greater passenger capacity, and modernize station amenities. Final agency actions: Section 4(f) determination; Section 106 finding of no adverse effect; project-level air quality conformity; and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), dated June 6, 2014. Supporting documentation: Environmental Assessment, dated February 2014. 2. Project name and location: Wilson Transfer Station Project, Chicago, IL. Project sponsor: Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). Project description: The proposed project would replace the outdated and deteriorated current Wilson Station on CTA’s Red Line with a new, reconstructed station that offers longer and wider platforms to allow transfers between the Red and Purple Lines and would improve capacity, circulation, and safety in the passenger boarding areas. Final agency actions: Section 4(f) determination; a Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement; project-level air quality conformity; and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), dated June 10, 2014. Supporting documentation: PO 00000 Frm 00185 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Environmental Assessment, dated January 2014. Lucy Garliauskas, Associate Administrator Planning and Environment. [FR Doc. 2014–15898 Filed 7–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2014–0079] Evaluation of FMVSS No. 301, ‘‘Fuel System Integrity,’’ as Upgraded in 2005 to 2009 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Request for comments on technical report. AGENCY: This notice announces NHTSA’s publication of a technical report evaluating the upgraded FMVSS No. 301. The report’s title is: Evaluation of FMVSS No. 301, ‘‘Fuel System Integrity,’’ as Upgraded in 2005 to 2009. DATES: Comments must be received no later than November 5, 2014. ADDRESSES: Report: The technical report is available on the Internet for viewing in PDF format at http://wwwnrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812038.pdf. You may obtain a copy of the report free of charge by sending a self-addressed mailing label to Jia-Ern Pai (NVS–431), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Room W53–440, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Comments: You may submit comments [identified by Docket Number NHTSA–2014–0079] by any of the following methods: • Internet: To submit comments electronically, go to the U.S. Government regulations Web site at http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: Written comments may be faxed to 202–366–3189. • Mail: Send comments to Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: If you plan to submit written comments by hand or courier, please do so at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\08JYN1.SGM 08JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration

[Docket No. FTA-2014-0016]


Notice of Proposed Buy America Waiver for Waterjets

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed Buy America waiver and request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) received a request 
for a waiver to permit the purchase of new waterjets that are non-
compliant with Buy America requirements using FTA funding. The request 
is from the Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District 
(Golden Gate Bridge) for its M.V. Mendocini ferry vessel. In accordance 
with 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(3)(A), FTA is providing notice of the waiver 
request and seeks public comment before deciding whether to grant the 
request. If granted, the waiver only would apply to a one-time FTA-
funded procurement by Golden Gate Bridge.

DATES: Comments must be received by July 15, 2014. Late-filed comments 
will be considered to the extent practicable.

ADDRESSES: Please submit your comments by one of the following means, 
identifying your submissions by docket number FTA-2014-0016:
    1. Web site: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions 
for submitting comments on the U.S. Government electronic docket site.
    2. Fax: (202) 493-2251.
    3. Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE., Docket Operations, M-30, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-
140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    4. Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Docket Operations, M-30, West Building, Ground 
Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001 between 9 a.m. and 5 
p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Instructions: All submissions must make reference to the ``Federal 
Transit Administration'' and include docket number FTA-2014-0016. Due 
to the security procedures in effect since October 2011, mail received 
through the U.S. Postal Service may be subject to delays. Parties 
making submissions responsive to this notice should consider using an 
express mail firm to ensure the prompt filing of any submissions not 
filed electronically or by hand. Note that all submissions received, 
including any personal information therein, will be posted without 
change or alteration to http://www.regulations.gov. For more 
information, you may review DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the 
Federal Register published April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477), or you may 
visit http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary J. Lee, FTA Attorney-Advisor, at 
(202) 366-0985 or mary.j.lee@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of this notice is to provide 
notice and seek comment on whether the FTA should a grant non-
availability waiver for Golden Gate Bridge's procurement of replacement 
waterjets for its M.V. Mendocini ferry vessel.
    With certain exceptions, FTA's Buy America requirements prevent FTA 
from obligating an amount that may be appropriated to carry out its 
program for a project unless ``the steel, iron, and manufactured goods 
used in the project are produced in the United States.'' 49 U.S.C. 
5323(j)(1). A manufactured product is considered produced in the United 
States if: (1) all of the manufacturing processes for the product take 
place in the United States; and (2) all of the components of the 
product are of U.S. origin. A component is considered of U.S. origin if 
it is manufactured in the United States, regardless of the origin of 
its subcomponents. 49 CFR 661.5(d). If, however, FTA determines that 
``the steel, iron, and goods produced in the United States are not 
produced in a sufficient and reasonably available amount or are not of 
a satisfactory quality,'' then FTA may issue a waiver (non-availability 
waiver). 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(2)(B); 49 CFR 661.7(c).
    Golden Gate Bridge provides ferry service to an average of 7,000 
passengers per day. According to Golden Gate Bridge, ridership 
continues to increase and continued maintenance of its fleet of ferry 
vessels, such as the M.V. Mendocini, is necessary to provide reliable 
service. At this time, Golden Gate Bridge needs to replace the 
waterjets in the M.V. Mendocini. Golden Gate Bridge asserts that there 
is only one manufacturer of commercial waterjets in the United States, 
NAMjet of Arkansas, but this manufacturer only provides waterjets for 
smaller ferry vessels that have no more than 800 brake horsepower 
(bhp), which is less than half the amount of bhp needed for Golden Gate 
Bridge's M.V. Mendocini ferry vessel. In addition, the M.V. Mendocini 
ferry vessel's design and control system configuration only permits a 
waterjet such as the one HamiltonJet of New Zealand manufactures, which 
is not Buy America compliant.
    The purpose of this notice is to publish Golden Gate Bridge's 
request and seek public comment from all interested parties in 
accordance with 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(3)(A). Comments will help FTA 
understand completely the

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facts surrounding the request, including the effects of a potential 
waiver and the merits of the request. A full copy of the request has 
been placed in docket number FTA-2014-0016.

Dana C. Nifosi,
Deputy Chief Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2014-15903 Filed 7-7-14; 8:45 am]
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