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Washington State Institute for Public Policy

American Steel Requirement

The 2021 Washington State Legislature directed WSIPP to conduct a study on the comparison of regulations and benefit-cost analysis of a potential requirement to use American steel for future contracts and subcontracts authorized in the Washington State transportation and capital budgets. The study must, to the extent feasible, including the following:

  • Compare existing types and uses of steel to made in America steel alternatives including evaluation of quality;
  • Examine benefits to Washington workers and the Washington economy;
  • Examine lifecycle and embodied carbon greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Identify requirements for purchasing American steel that minimize costs and maximize benefits; and
  • Evaluate American steel requirements or preferences in other states.

A final report was originally due to the legislature by December 1, 2021. In June 2021, the WSIPP Board of Directors voted to shift the deadline to December 1, 2022.
Cory Briar, (360) 664-9801 View Legislation