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American Iron and Steel Requirement - Withdrawn or Denied Waivers

  • 30-inch Well Casing for Punta Gorda, Florida (DWSRF) (Not Approved on April 7, 2017)

    The EPA denies the State of Florida's request for a waiver of the American Iron and Steel requirement for well casing for the City of Punta Gorda' s Shell Creek Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant Project.  EPA confirmed that the product domestic product was available and could supplied to the project within two weeks of ordering.

  • Response to Request for Waiver of the AIS Requirements for Clean Water and Drinking Water SRF Assistance Recipients Serving 10,000 or Fewer Persons (October 30, 2015)
    This decision memorandum documents the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's response to a request from several states to waive the American Iron and Steel requirements for Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Fund assistance recipients serving 10,000 or fewer persons. The EPA reviewed all comments and provides the following decision, including rationale for that decision, in the memorandum. The EPA does not approve the requests for a waiver of the AIS requirements for assistance recipients serving 10,000 or fewer persons.
     
  • Pressure Sustaining Valves for Fairview Water District, Idaho (DWSRF) (Withdrawn on November 9, 2015)
    The State withdrew Fairview Water District's waiver request for pressure sustaining valves after the assistance recipient was able to find a domestic supplier who could provide the valves in time to meet the project schedule.
     
  • Stainless Steel Pipes and Fittings for Culberston, Montana
    After conducting market research, EPA identified several manufacturers that indicated they could produce the specific items in question domestically and in a reasonable timeframe. EPA provided this information to the assistance recipient and they were able to find a domestic supplier who could provide the valves in time to meet the project schedule. Therefore, EPA is not approving this waiver request.
     
  • Butterfly Valves for City of Mosinee, Wisconsin (DWSRF) (Withdrawn on February 6, 2016)
    The State withdrew the City of Mosinee's waiver request for butterfly valves after determining that the project was exempt from the AIS requirements based on the plans and specifications being approved prior to December 16, 2014.
     
  • Viton Seated Air Valves for Oldham County, Kentucky
    Oldham County, Kentucky withdrew this project waiver application, as the valves in question were determined to be appurtenances to non-covered items in an assembly, and thus not required to comply with AIS. This waiver determination only applies to this project and circumstance. The product in question may not be exempt in other applications or projects. Any project using similar products and seeking a similar determination should contact EPA.
  • Large Diameter Butterfly Valve Request for City of Roswell, New Mexico (DWSRF) (Not Approved on April 15, 2015)
    EPA conducted market research regarding lead time and delivery of this product, and identified one manufacturer that indicated it could domestically produce large butterfly valves that meet the City's technical specifications and could deliver the product within 6-10 weeks. The information regarding the manufacturer was provided to staff in New Mexico and the City of Roswell. Therefore, EPA is not approving this waiver request.
  • Butte-Silver Bow County, Montana Waiver Request for Spring-Assisted Swing Check Valves 
    After conducting market research, EPA identified one manufacturer that indicated they could produce the specific valve in question in a reasonable timeframe. EPA provided this information to the assistance recipient and received confirmation that the product would be suitable for the project. Therefore, EPA is not approving this waiver request.
     
  • Stainless Steel Flanges and Fittings Waiver for Williston, North Dakota 
    After conducting market research, EPA identified several manufacturers that indicated they could produce the specific items in question domestically and in a reasonable timeframe. EPA provided this information to the assistance recipient. Therefore, EPA is not approving this waiver request.
     
  • Precast Concrete Segment Steel Fiber Reinforcement for Dugway Storage Tunnel
    EPA is not approving this waiver request because it lacks sufficient justification to grant a waiver of the AIS requirements based on availability. Decision Memorandum for Availability Waiver Request
     
  • 42-Inch Butterfly Valve for Gastonia, North Carolina (DWSRF) (Not Approved on June 3, 2016)
    Even though the City of Gastonia’s claim that no domestic manufacturers could provide 42-inch diameter butterfly valves that met the project specification within a reasonable timeframe may have been supported, the request was submitted to the EPA after the product had already been installed. Therefore, EPA is not approving this waiver request.
     
  • Ductile Iron Flanges for Mobile, Alabama
    On May 12, 2016, Alabama submitted a product waiver request on behalf of Mobile Area Water and Sewer System (MAWSS) for the use of a non-domestic 54-inch ductile iron flange and a 54-inch tapped ductile iron flange as part of its CC Williams Wastewater Treatment Plant Headworks and Primary Clarifier projects. The applicant was unable to locate domestically sourced products that met the project specifications. EPA conducted market research on the supply and availability of the flanges and found two manufacturers that could supply the AIS-compliant products that met the project specifications and could be delivered on time to avoid significant delays in the project schedule. The applicant confirmed the domestic products were suitable for the project. Therefore, the waiver request was denied.
     
  • 2-Inch Swing Check Valves for Hidden Lake Float Home Association Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
    On May 10, 2016, Idaho submitted a product waiver request on behalf of the Hidden Lake Float Home Association for 22, two-inch, swing check valves with external levers and springs. The applicant 's contractor was not able to find AIS-compliant check valves that could meet the project's technical specifications within a short enough timeframe to meet their targeted installation date. EPA conducted market research on the supply and availability and found domestic two-inch check valves that met the project specifications and that were available within a reasonable amount of time. EPA provided information about the alternate products to the state of Idaho and the Hidden Lake Float Home Association. The state confirmed through the project engineer that alternative domestic check valves were used. Therefore, the waiver request was denied.
     
  • Large Diameter Butterfly Valves for Kingsport, Tennessee (DWSRF) (Not Approved on September 21, 2016)
    EPA is hereby denying the State of Tennessee’s request for a timing availability waiver of the American Iron and Steel requirement for large diameter butterfly valves for the City of Kingsport’s Raw Water Intake and Transmission Improvements Project. EPA identified at least two manufacturers that indicated they could produce domestic valves that meet the project specifications and schedule.
     
  • Flexible Stainless Steel Couplings for Leonardtown, Maryland
    After conducting market research, EPA identified several manufacturers that indicated they could produce the specific items in question domestically and in a reasonable timeframe. EPA provided this information to the assistance recipient and they were able to find a domestic supplier who could provide the valves in time to meet the project schedule. Therefore, EPA is not approving this waiver request.
     
  • Adapt-a-Bells for Sioux Falls, South Dakota
    EPA is not approving this waiver request because it was not submitted within reasonable timeframe of the recipient learning that AIS compliant products might not be available and the products had already been installed.
     
  • Pressure and Vacuum Release Valves for Vista, California
    After conducting market research, EPA identified manufacturers that indicated they could produce the specific valves in question in a reasonable timeframe. EPA provided this information to the assistance recipient and received confirmation that the alternative would be suitable for the project. Therefore, EPA is not approving this waiver request.
     
  • Tyton Fittings for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, California
    The waiver applicant informed EPA that it was able to find a domestic source for the fittings.
     
  • Plug Valves for Mount Dora, Florida
    The state withdrew Mount Dora’s waiver request for 2-inch plug valves. EPA provided the market research findings which identified a number of domestic alternatives available with varying lead times.

  • Plug Valve Assemblies for Byron, Georgia
    After conducting market research, EPA identified manufacturers that indicated they could produce the specific assemblies in question in a reasonable timeframe. EPA provided this information to the assistance recipient. Therefore, EPA is not approving this waiver request.

  • Steel Fiber Reinforcement in Concrete Segmented Tunnel for Akron, Ohio
    The State withdrew the City of Akron's waiver request for steel fiber reinforcement after determining that the project was already underway before enactment of the AIS provision in January 2014, and as such the AIS requirements do not apply.

  • Stainless Steel Grooved Couplings for Oregon, Ohio (DWSRF) (Not Approved on July 26, 2017)
    The EPA is not approving the State of Ohio's request for a waiver of the American Iron and Steel requirement for stainless steel grooved couplings for the City of Oregon's Water Treatment Plant Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) Infrastructure Improvements Project. The request was submitted to the EPA after some of the products had already been installed.

  • Stainless Steel Curb Stop/Check Valve Assemblies and Ductile Iron Plug Valves for Kennebec, South Dakota
    The state withdrew Kennebec’s waiver request for stainless steel curb stop/check valve assemblies and ductile iron plug valves after the assistance recipient found alternative products and no longer requires a waiver.

  • Double Check Valves for the City of Kelley, Iowa (DWSRF) (Withdrawn on September 1, 2017)
    The State withdrew the City of Kelley's request for double check valves after determining that the project was already underway before enactment of the AIS provision in January 2014, and as such, the AIS requirements do not apply.

  • Restrained Joint Ductile Iron Fittings for the City of Norman, Oklahoma (DWSRF) (Withdrawn on September 8, 2017)
    The State notified EPA that it was withdrawing the City of Norman’s waiver request for restrained joint ductile iron fittings.

  • Knife Gate Valves for the City of York, Nebraska (CWSRF)
    The State withdrew the City of York's waiver request for knife gate valves after identifying an alternative AIS compliant product. The state provided this information to EPA and formally withdrew the waiver request. Therefore, EPA is not approving this waiver request.

  • Insertion Valve for the City of Bangor, Maine (DWSRF) (Withdrawn on November 15, 2017)
    The state withdrew the waiver request since the product had already been installed and EPA’s market research identified at least one domestic manufacturer that indicated it could produce the specific item in question.

  • Short Radius 90 Degree Bend for New Jersey American Water (Lakewood Township), New Jersey (DWSRF) (Withdrawn on January 3, 2018)
    The state withdrew the waiver request. New Jersey American Water has decided to claim this product under the de minimis waiver.

  • 45 Degree Ductile Iron Elbow Fittings for the City of Juneau, Alaska (CWSRF)
    The state withdrew the City of Juneau’s request for 45 degree Ductile Iron Elbow Fittings. The waiver request was originally motivated by manufacturer delays that caused excessive project schedule delays. Consequently, a delayed waiver decision period overlapped the state’s high precipitation season, leading to project postponement. The postponement of construction alleviated the extended lead time for domestic manufacture of the elbow fittings; therefore, the waiver is no longer necessary.