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In the past year or so, I heard that a fabricator was being given a hard time by the engineer (or maybe the architect) because they couldn't prove that the steel that was being used on the project was not made from recycled Japanese cars.  I don't recall who it was, but  I am curious what the rules really are for public work regarding buying american steel. I don't think there is a lot of steel out there today that does not include recycled foreign cars, but I am not an expert.  Do any of you know where I could go to find the actual wording of the laws?  Most of the work we do is in PA and NJ.
Best regards,
Kenneth S. Peoples, P. E.
Lehigh Valley Technical Associates, Inc.
1584 Weaversville Road
Northampton, PA 18067
Phone: 610-262-6345
Email: kpeoples(--nospam--at)