The U.S. Department of Transportation says it strongly supports the requirements for using only American-made construction materials, but proposes a temporary waiver of the requirement to enable all parties to comply.
U.S. DOT Docket No.: DOT-OST-2022-0047 Notice of Proposed Temporary Waiver of Buy America Requirements for Construction Materials, posted on April 28:
“DOT is proposing to establish a temporary public interest waiver for construction materials for a period expiring 180 days after May 14, 2022, and seeks comment. DOT proposes this transitional waiver to prepare for compliance with the new Made in America standards for construction materials. During this time period DOT expects states, industry, and other partners to begin the compliance process. DOT, using feedback from this proposed waiver and continued engagement through the waiver period, will work to ensure the creation of robust enforcement and compliance mechanisms. Suppliers and other stakeholders are encouraged to inform DOT of currently sufficient domestic availability of categories of construction materials to help DOT shorten the transitional waiver or narrow its applicability to rapidly encourage domestic sourcing.”
The Docket says that comments must be received by May 13, 2022.
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