NACE International Applauds House Of Representatives For Including Corrosion Prevention Language In Bipartisan WRRDA Bill

2013-10-28

On October 23, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform& Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA). The legislation passed with overwhelming bipartisan support by a margin of 417-3.

“I want to congratulate the House of Representatives for passing a bipartisan bill that addresses the challenges of America’s waterway infrastructure,” said Bob Chalker, Executive Director of NACE International. “House Transportation Committee Chairman Shuster and Ranking Member Rahall worked diligently to draft legislation that prepares U.S. waterway infrastructure and transportation systems for the future.”

Among other things, WRRDA authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to carry out its mission of maintaining and improving several water infrastructure projects throughout the nation. The legislation provides support for America’s ports and waterway infrastructure and offers flood protection and environmental restoration solutions for some of the nation’s most vulnerable areas. The bill also sets recommendations for the USACE to have essential corrosion-control plans in place.

“If not designed with proper materials, technology, and corrosion specialist expertise, the nation’s waterways, dams, and levies are subject to deterioration by corrosion,” said Helena Seelinger, Executive Director of the NACE International Institute, an independent certification affiliate of NACE International. “To ensure these critical USACE projects are protected, we have worked with Chairman Shuster, Ranking Member Rahall, and staff to include language addressing the need for cathodic protection systems, coatings, and qualified personnel.”

Now that the House has passed its version of WRRDA, formal negotiations will begin with the Senate, which passed its bill earlier this year.

“Unmitigated corrosion can have devastating effects to America’s infrastructure, public safety, and the environment,” said Chalker. “NACE will continue to work with Members of the House and Senate to ensure that proper corrosion-prevention mechanisms are in place.”

For more information on WRRDA or to reach out to your Member of Congress directly, please contact NACE’s Manager of Government Relations, Adam Christopher.

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