EPA has released an updated version of the nationwide de minimus waiver of Section 1605 (the Buy American provision) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. EPA originally issued this waiver on June 2, 2009. The waiver was given for “de minimis incidental components” which are minor, or small-scale components that “cumulatively comprise no more than a total of 5 percent of the total cost of the materials used in and incorporated” into eligible water infrastructure projects funded by the ARRA. According to EPA, every water infrastructure project involves the use of “thousands of miscellaneous, generally low-cost components that are essential for, but incidental to, the construction and are incorporated into the physical structure of the project, such as nuts, bolts, other fasteners, tubing, gaskets, etc.” EPA said it “is not in the public interest” to impose ARRA’s Buy American requirements, as outlined in Section 1605 of the stimulus law, on these de minimis components.
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