ACA Policy Statement on Infrastructure Investment
The American Coatings Association (ACA), which represents the needs of the paint and coatings industry and the more than 250,000 people who work in it, supports Congressional action to modernize the nation’s infrastructure. Paints and coatings protect the surfaces to which they are applied, and as such, will be a significant contributor to any effort to improve our infrastructure including, but not limited to:
- Coatings for water transmission, which improve the pipeline infrastructure and serve as an internal lining and a corrosion-resistant external coating, for both potable and non-potable water transmission pipelines;
- Coatings applied to steel structures that slow or delay the corrosion process and significantly extend the life of the steel by 15 or more years, even in offshore environments;
- Coatings for the railroad industry that reduce the potential for derailments; prevent shifting or movement from the force of passing trains; and permanently protect rail structures from corrosion and abrasion by strengthening existing metal structures; and
- Traffic marking paint, which provides safety to millions of motorists.
Many of our nation’s roads, rails and bridges are falling into disrepair; important aspects of our aviation system are outdated and in need of expansion or renovation; and our waterway system is hampered by aging locks and decades-old infrastructure. ACA supports legislation that provides for a broad-based investment in infrastructure repair, including increased public and private funding; a state of the art information and telecommunications system; modern road, wastewater and drinking water systems; and improved inland waterways and ports. ACA believes such action by Congress will create jobs and have a significant positive stimulative impact on the nation’s economy.