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US DOT proposes temporary waiver of Buy America requirements for building materials



Written by David C. Lester, Editor

The US DOT has issued a Letter of Intent to fund the first phase of the San Fernando Light Rail Line.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says it strongly supports requirements to use only U.S.-made building materials, but is offering a temporary waiver of the requirement to allow all parties to comply.

U.S. DOT File No.: DOT-OST-2022-0047 Notice of Proposed Temporary Waiver of Buy America Requirements for Building Materials, posted April 28:

“DOT is proposing to establish a temporary public interest building materials waiver for a period expiring 180 days after May 14, 2022, and invites comments. The DOT is offering this transitional waiver to prepare for compliance with the new Made in America standards for building materials. During this period, DOT expects states, industry, and other partners to begin the compliance process. DOT, using feedback from this proposed waiver and continued engagement throughout the waiver period, will work to ensure that strong enforcement and compliance mechanisms are created. Suppliers and other stakeholders are encouraged to notify DOT of the currently sufficient national availability of building material categories to assist DOT in shortening the transitional waiver or reducing its applicability in order to quickly encourage national procurement.

The file says that comments must be received no later than May 13, 2022.

To download the full document, please use this link:

https://www.regulations.gov/document/DOT-OST-2022-0047-0001

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