Water sector groups call for expanded Build America, Buy American waivers

A group of water sector organizations and technology companies are asking the U.S. Environmental Protections Agency (EPA) to expand Build America, Buy America (BABA) waivers for all EPA-funded water and wastewater infrastructure projects through the end of 2024, AMWA says.

The associations and companies are asking for clear guidance on how to implement the new requirements and secure a manufactured product waiver, quick approval, and issuance of National Waivers for manufactured products not adequately produced in the United States. They are also calling for greater transparency in the waiver issuance process.

According to AMWA, EPA has proposed or finalized BABA waivers for State Revolving Fund, Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, and various other water infrastructure program funded projects, as well as for de minimus items and small projects. AMWA said it has weighed in on each of the proposed waivers, with EPA acknowledging recommendations as “persuasive,” and modifying final waivers.

Information contained in this news update was first reported in the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies’ (AMWA) Monday Morning Briefing.

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