Notice of Buy America Waiver, 74810-74811 [2014-29404]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 74810 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 241 / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 / Notices Longitude 73°23′51.92″ W. The Port components would fall in the following U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) lease blocks: Buoy 1 (6708, 6709, 6758); Buoy 2 (6709); Lateral 1 (6708); Lateral 2 (6708, 6709); ‘‘Y’’ Assembly (6708); Mainline Pipeline (6708, 6658, 6657, 6607, 6606, 6556, 6555, 6554, 6504 and 6503). The 145,000 cubic meter LNGRVs would have onboard closed-loop vaporization and metering and odorant capability. Each vessel would have three vaporization units capable of maximum send-out of 750 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscfd) (maximum pipeline system flow rate is 660 MMscfd with two buoys) with annual average expected to be 400 MMscfd. The LNGRVs have been designed to utilize a ballast water cooling system that will entirely re-circulate onboard the vessel during Port operations, eliminating vessel discharges associated with regasification while at the Port. Deliveries through Port Ambrose would be focused during peak demand winter and summer months, and it is anticipated that approximately 45 deliveries will occur each year. As proposed, the LNGRVs would access the port inbound from the Hudson Canyon to Ambrose Traffic Lane and depart via the Ambrose to Nantucket Traffic Lane. MARAD and USCG are aware that Port Ambrose falls within the proposed area of interest for the Long Island—New York City Offshore Wind Collaborative wind energy project. This project will be acknowledged and considered in the cumulative impacts analysis section of the DEIS based on currently available information. If approved, the majority of the port and pipeline construction and installation would occur in 2017, with commissioning estimated to be in December 2017. In addition, pipelines and structures such as the STL buoy moorings may require permits under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act which are administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Port Ambrose will also require permits from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pursuant to the provisions of the Clean Air Act, as amended, and the Clean Water Act, as amended. The new pipeline is included in the NEPA review as part of the deepwater port application process. The EPA and the USACE among others, are cooperating agencies and will assist in the NEPA process as described in 40 CFR 1501.6; may participate in the public meetings; and will incorporate the EIS into their permitting processes. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:38 Dec 15, 2014 Jkt 235001 Comments sent to the EPA or USACE will also be incorporated into the DOT docket and EIS to ensure consistency with the NEPA Process. There have been some proposed project changes since the original application was submitted, which are set forth in materials on the docket and in the DEIS. (1) The original Application proposed a plowed mainline pipeline burial depth of 3 feet. Now the pipeline is proposed to be plow-buried to 4 feet with the portion that is within the Ambrose Anchorage Area buried 7 feet using jetting. (2) The originally proposed impact driven mooring pile anchors are now proposed to be suction anchors. (3) The original port construction and commissioning was proposed to occur in 2015. That has been amended to occur in 2017 (assuming a license is issued). Should a license be issued, the deepwater port would be designed, fabricated, constructed, commissioned, maintained, inspected, and operated in accordance with applicable codes and standards and with USCG oversight as regulated under Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), subchapter NN-Deepwater Ports, parts 148, 149, and 150. This also includes applicable waterways management and regulated navigation areas, maritime safety and security requirements, risk assessment, and compliance with domestic and international laws and regulations for vessels that may call on the port. Privacy Act The electronic form of all comments received into the Federal Docket Management System can be searched by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). The DOT Privacy Act Statement can be viewed in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70, pages 19477–78) or you may visit http:// www.regulations.gov. (Authority: 49 CFR 1.93) * * * * * Dated: December 10, 2014. By Order of the Maritime Administrator. Christine S. Gurland, Acting Secretary, Maritime Administration. [FR Doc. 2014–29369 Filed 12–15–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–81–P PO 00000 Frm 00129 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA—2014–0129] Notice of Buy America Waiver National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of Buy America waiver. AGENCY: This notice provides NHTSA’s finding with respect to a request from the Texas Department of Transpiration, Traffic Safety Section (TxDOT) to waive the requirements of Buy America. NHTSA finds that a cost waiver of the Buy America requirements is appropriate for TxDOT to purchase Light-Up Magnifier Loupes using Federal highway safety grant funds because the cost of domestically produced products is twenty-five percent more than the cost of the foreign-made products. DATES: The effective date of this waiver is December 26, 2014. Written comments regarding this notice may be submitted to NHTSA and must be received on or before: December 31, 2014. SUMMARY: Written comments may be submitted using any one of the following methods: • Mail: Docket Management Facility, M–30, U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building, Ground Floor, Rm. W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Fax: Written comments may be faxed to (202) 493–2251. • Internet: To submit comments electronically, go to the Federal regulations Web site at http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Instructions: All comments submitted in relation to this waiver must include the agency name and docket number. Please note that all comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. You may also call the Docket at 202–366– 9324. ADDRESSES: For program issues, contact Barbara Sauers, Office of Regional Operations and Program Delivery, NHTSA (phone: 202– 366–0144). For legal issues, contact Andrew DiMarsico, Office of Chief FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM 16DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 241 / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 / Notices Counsel, NHTSA (phone: 202–366– 5263). You may send mail to these officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. This notice provides NHTSA’s finding that a waiver of the Buy America requirements, 23 U.S.C. 313, is appropriate for TxDOT to purchase of light-up magnifier loupes using grant funds authorized under 23 U.S.C. 405(d) (section 405). Section 405(d) funds are available for use by State highway safety programs to support effective programs to reduce driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or the combination of alcohol and drugs, including enforcement efforts. 23 U.S.C. 405(d). Buy America provides that NHTSA ‘‘shall not obligate any funds authorized to be appropriated to carry out the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 (96 Stat. 2097) or [Title 23] and administered by the Department of Transportation, unless steel, iron, and manufactured products used in such project are produced in the United States.’’ 23 U.S.C. 313. However, NHTSA may waive those requirements if ‘‘(1) their application would be inconsistent with the public interest; (2) such materials and products are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality; or (3) the inclusion of domestic material will increase the cost of the overall project contract by more than 25 percent.’’ 23 U.S.C. 313(b). In this instance, NHTSA has determined that a cost waiver is appropriate for the items that TxDOT seeks to purchase using Federal grant funds. TxDOT seeks a waiver to purchase 500 light-up magnifier loupes, with 15X power lens with ultra violet and LED lights (Item SKU:220-Loupe 4) from Lightgod.com. These items are not made domestically and retail between $6.25– $7.00 each. The loupes are provided to law enforcement officers that complete training in the Focus on Reducing Impaired Driving Among Youth Program (FRIDAY) and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Training Program (ADAPT). According to TxDOT, both programs include a unit on the detection of altered and counterfeit identifications used by juveniles who commit alcohol-related crimes. The loupes are small and transportable and aid officers to detect counterfeit driver’s licenses by highlighting and magnifying the microprinting and holograms that are present on a legal state driver’s license. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:38 Dec 15, 2014 Jkt 235001 According to TxDOT, comparable domestic made loupes cost $31 per unit in small quantities or $20 per unit in bulk quantities, with both prices 25 percent more than the foreign made loupes than those made domestically.1 TxDOT evaluated the place of manufacture for other loupes, but TxDOT was unable to find any domestic made products that met its requirements. NHTSA conducted its own assessment 2 and located one domestic manufacturer of loupes or pocket magnifiers. ElectroOptics Inc. offers lighted pocket magnifiers with a magnification range from 4X to 10X and unlighted jeweler loupes. However, these products do not appear as robust or have the same specifications required for use by TxDOT. Since it appears that loupes that meet the requirements identified by TxDOT for use by its police officers would cost more than 25 percent more than a domestic manufacturer, the Buy America waiver is appropriate. NHTSA invites public comment on this conclusion. In light of the above discussion, and pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 313(b)(3), NHTSA finds that it is appropriate to grant a waiver from the Buy America requirements to TxDOT in order to purchase 500 light-up magnifier loupes, with 15X power lens with ultra violet and LED lights (Item SKU:220-Loupe 4) from Lightgod.com. This waiver applies to Texas and all other States seeking to use section 405(d) funds to purchase light-up magnifier loupes. This waiver will continue through fiscal year 2015 and will allow the purchase of these items as required for TxDOT. Accordingly, this waiver will expire at the conclusion of fiscal year 2015 (September 30, 2015). In accordance with the provisions of Section 117 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy of Users Technical Corrections Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110–244, 122 Stat. 1572), NHTSA is providing this notice as its finding that a waiver of the Buy America requirements is appropriate for 500 light-up magnifier loupes identified above from Lightgod.com. Written comments on this finding may be submitted through any of the methods discussed above. NHTSA may reconsider these findings, if through 1 TxDOT did not identify the manufacturers of the domestic made loupes and NHTSA was unable to locate comparable domestic manufacturers offering loupes with the specifications identified by TxDOT. 2 NHTSA conducted internet searches and reviewed several Web sites that catalog domestic made products: www.usaonly.us; www.americansworking.com; www.madeinamericaforever.com; and www.madeinusa.org. PO 00000 Frm 00130 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 74811 comment, it learns of and can confirm the existence of a comparable domestically made product to the items granted a waiver. These findings should not be construed as an endorsement or approval of any products by NHTSA or the U.S. Department of Transportation. The United States Government does not endorse products or manufacturers. Authority: 23 U.S.C. 313; Pub. L. 110–161. Issued in Washington, DC, under authority delegated in 49 CFR part 1.95. O. Kevin Vincent, Chief Counsel. [FR Doc. 2014–29404 Filed 12–15–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2014–0128] Notice of Buy America Waiver National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of Buy America waiver. AGENCY: This notice provides NHTSA’s finding that a waiver of the Buy America requirements is appropriate for the purchase of Nania Baby Ride infant car seats by the Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO), using Federal grant funds. NHTSA finds that a non-availability waiver of the Buy America requirements is appropriate for the purchase of these infant car seats using Federal highway safety grant funds because there are no suitable products produced in the United States. DATES: The effective date of this waiver is December 26, 2014. Written comments regarding this notice may be submitted to NHTSA and must be received on or before: December 26, 2014. SUMMARY: Written comments may be submitted using any one of the following methods: • Mail: Docket Management Facility, M–30, U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building, Ground Floor, Rm. W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Fax: Written comments may be faxed to (202) 493–2251. • Internet: To submit comments electronically, go to the Federal regulations Web site at http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM 16DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 241 (Tuesday, December 16, 2014)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA--2014-0129]


Notice of Buy America Waiver

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 
Department of Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Notice of Buy America waiver.

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SUMMARY: This notice provides NHTSA's finding with respect to a request 
from the Texas Department of Transpiration, Traffic Safety Section 
(TxDOT) to waive the requirements of Buy America. NHTSA finds that a 
cost waiver of the Buy America requirements is appropriate for TxDOT to 
purchase Light-Up Magnifier Loupes using Federal highway safety grant 
funds because the cost of domestically produced products is twenty-five 
percent more than the cost of the foreign-made products.

DATES: The effective date of this waiver is December 26, 2014. Written 
comments regarding this notice may be submitted to NHTSA and must be 
received on or before: December 31, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted using any one of the 
following methods:
     Mail: Docket Management Facility, M-30, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, West Building, Ground Floor, Rm. W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
     Fax: Written comments may be faxed to (202) 493-2251.
     Internet: To submit comments electronically, go to the 
Federal regulations Web site at http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
online instructions for submitting comments.
     Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time, 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Instructions: All comments submitted in relation to this waiver 
must include the agency name and docket number. Please note that all 
comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. You 
may also call the Docket at 202-366-9324.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For program issues, contact Barbara 
Sauers, Office of Regional Operations and Program Delivery, NHTSA 
(phone: 202-366-0144). For legal issues, contact Andrew DiMarsico, 
Office of Chief

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Counsel, NHTSA (phone: 202-366-5263). You may send mail to these 
officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 
New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice provides NHTSA's finding that a 
waiver of the Buy America requirements, 23 U.S.C. 313, is appropriate 
for TxDOT to purchase of light-up magnifier loupes using grant funds 
authorized under 23 U.S.C. 405(d) (section 405). Section 405(d) funds 
are available for use by State highway safety programs to support 
effective programs to reduce driving under the influence of alcohol, 
drugs, or the combination of alcohol and drugs, including enforcement 
efforts. 23 U.S.C. 405(d).
    Buy America provides that NHTSA ``shall not obligate any funds 
authorized to be appropriated to carry out the Surface Transportation 
Assistance Act of 1982 (96 Stat. 2097) or [Title 23] and administered 
by the Department of Transportation, unless steel, iron, and 
manufactured products used in such project are produced in the United 
States.'' 23 U.S.C. 313. However, NHTSA may waive those requirements if 
``(1) their application would be inconsistent with the public interest; 
(2) such materials and products are not produced in the United States 
in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory 
quality; or (3) the inclusion of domestic material will increase the 
cost of the overall project contract by more than 25 percent.'' 23 
U.S.C. 313(b). In this instance, NHTSA has determined that a cost 
waiver is appropriate for the items that TxDOT seeks to purchase using 
Federal grant funds.
    TxDOT seeks a waiver to purchase 500 light-up magnifier loupes, 
with 15X power lens with ultra violet and LED lights (Item SKU:220-
Loupe 4) from Lightgod.com. These items are not made domestically and 
retail between $6.25-$7.00 each. The loupes are provided to law 
enforcement officers that complete training in the Focus on Reducing 
Impaired Driving Among Youth Program (FRIDAY) and Alcohol and Drug 
Abuse Prevention Training Program (ADAPT). According to TxDOT, both 
programs include a unit on the detection of altered and counterfeit 
identifications used by juveniles who commit alcohol-related crimes. 
The loupes are small and transportable and aid officers to detect 
counterfeit driver's licenses by highlighting and magnifying the micro-
printing and holograms that are present on a legal state driver's 
license.
    According to TxDOT, comparable domestic made loupes cost $31 per 
unit in small quantities or $20 per unit in bulk quantities, with both 
prices 25 percent more than the foreign made loupes than those made 
domestically.\1\ TxDOT evaluated the place of manufacture for other 
loupes, but TxDOT was unable to find any domestic made products that 
met its requirements. NHTSA conducted its own assessment \2\ and 
located one domestic manufacturer of loupes or pocket magnifiers. 
ElectroOptics Inc. offers lighted pocket magnifiers with a 
magnification range from 4X to 10X and unlighted jeweler loupes. 
However, these products do not appear as robust or have the same 
specifications required for use by TxDOT. Since it appears that loupes 
that meet the requirements identified by TxDOT for use by its police 
officers would cost more than 25 percent more than a domestic 
manufacturer, the Buy America waiver is appropriate. NHTSA invites 
public comment on this conclusion.
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    \1\ TxDOT did not identify the manufacturers of the domestic 
made loupes and NHTSA was unable to locate comparable domestic 
manufacturers offering loupes with the specifications identified by 
TxDOT.
    \2\ NHTSA conducted internet searches and reviewed several Web 
sites that catalog domestic made products: www.usaonly.us; 
www.americansworking.com; www.madeinamericaforever.com; and 
www.madeinusa.org.
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    In light of the above discussion, and pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 
313(b)(3), NHTSA finds that it is appropriate to grant a waiver from 
the Buy America requirements to TxDOT in order to purchase 500 light-up 
magnifier loupes, with 15X power lens with ultra violet and LED lights 
(Item SKU:220-Loupe 4) from Lightgod.com. This waiver applies to Texas 
and all other States seeking to use section 405(d) funds to purchase 
light-up magnifier loupes. This waiver will continue through fiscal 
year 2015 and will allow the purchase of these items as required for 
TxDOT. Accordingly, this waiver will expire at the conclusion of fiscal 
year 2015 (September 30, 2015). In accordance with the provisions of 
Section 117 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient 
Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy of Users Technical Corrections Act 
of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-244, 122 Stat. 1572), NHTSA is providing this 
notice as its finding that a waiver of the Buy America requirements is 
appropriate for 500 light-up magnifier loupes identified above from 
Lightgod.com. Written comments on this finding may be submitted through 
any of the methods discussed above. NHTSA may reconsider these 
findings, if through comment, it learns of and can confirm the 
existence of a comparable domestically made product to the items 
granted a waiver.
    These findings should not be construed as an endorsement or 
approval of any products by NHTSA or the U.S. Department of 
Transportation. The United States Government does not endorse products 
or manufacturers.

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

    Issued in Washington, DC, under authority delegated in 49 CFR 
part 1.95.
O. Kevin Vincent,
Chief Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2014-29404 Filed 12-15-14; 8:45 am]
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