WASHINGTON — United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Sen. Sherrod Brown on Friday applauded a World Trade Organization panel decision that China improperly imposed duties on grain-oriented flat-rolled electrical steel from the United States.

The United States complained in 2010 after China argued that U.S. “Buy America” provisions included in the 2009 economic stimulus bill acted as a subsidy, then imposed duties on the steel products. The products are produced in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Among the companies impacted by the duties were AK Steel in Butler County.

Kirk said the decision has the potential to strengthen future challenges to China’s trade remedy tactics.

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