IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 18 Feb 2015 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Public procurement localisation

Title VI of the Clean Water Act provides for a State Water Pollution Control Revolving Funds under which state and local governments may receive funding for various environmental purposes (e.g., the construction, repair, or replacement of decentralized wastewater treatment systems). The law provides that these funds “may not be used for a project for the construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of treatment works unless all of the iron and steel products used in the project are produced in the United States.” The law further defines the term “iron and steel products” as “the following products made primarily of iron or steel: lined or unlined pipes and fittings, manhole covers and other municipal castings, hydrants, tanks, flanges, pipe clamps and restraints, valves, structural steel, reinforced precast concrete, construction materials.” It further provides that the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may waive this requirement. In some years, the Buy American requirements and/or the waiver authorities are modified by the specific terms of appropriations laws.

In a Decision Memorandum dated February 18, 2015, the EPA granted a national product waiver permitting the use of pig iron and direct reduced iron manufactured outside of the United States in domestic manufacturing processes for iron and steel products used in projects funded by a Clean Water or Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The waiver did not identify any expiration date.

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

411 Basic iron & steel
7201 Pig iron and spiegeleisen in pigs, blocks or other primary forms.
720110 Nonalloy pig iron containing by weight 0.5 % or less of phosphorus
720150 Alloy pig iron; spiegeleisen

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