Canadian steel OK'd for border crossing

Dec 17, 2012 | 11:04 AM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Buy America, waiver, Federal Highway Administration, American Iron and Steel Institute, Thomas Gibson, USW, Leo Gerard, U.S.-Canada border crossing steel

CHICAGO — The U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has decided to partially waive "Buy America" requirements for the construction of a new border crossing between the United States and Canada.

The decision, which took effect Dec. 13, came in part because Canada is assuming all financial liability and risk for construction of the project, according to a U.S. Federal Register notice dated Dec. 12.

"The basic notion of fairness weighs in favor of allowing Canadian iron and steel to be used so long as American iron and steel is allowed to compete on an equal basis," according to the notice.....

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