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American Iron & Steel

Encouraging the iron and steel industry to develop and maintain an online inventory of verified American-made products will significantly reduce the cost of compliance for this requirement.  
What are American Iron & Steel requirements?

Federal "made in America" requirements apply to pipes, manhole covers, hydrants, tanks, flanges, valves, structural steel, municipal castings, structural steel, reinforced precast concrete, and certain construction materials. To be eligible, a product comprised of 50% or more of iron and steel, based on cost, must be made in America. 

EPA recommends that products be certified as "made in America" at each step of the manufacturing process from supplier to fabricator to manufacturer to processor and so on. See EPA Guidance.

Who's impacted?

Since 2014, federal law has required water infrastructure projects funded by the Clean Water and Drinking Water SRFs to only use verified American iron and steel products. 

What's the problem?

Hundreds of iron and steel products may be used in the construction of water infrastructure projects. Verifying every product through every step of production, particularly for materials with multiple components such as valves, has proven challenging, time-consuming, and costly. 

What's the solution?

Reduce the cost of compliance by encouraging the iron and steel industry to develop and maintain an online inventory of products that meet the federal requirements.