ACA Policy Statement on Infrastructure Investment
The American Coatings Association (ACA), representing 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 and further the stream of commerce. Many of the nation’s roads, rails and bridges are falling into disrepair, while important aspects of the aviation system are outdated and in need of expansion or renovation, and the waterway system is hampered by aging locks and decades-old infrastructure. In addition, the relevant regulatory framework that oversees this infrastructure and facilitates commerce must allow for the safe, secure and efficient transportation while allowing for the practical application and the emergence of innovative technologies.
By protecting the surfaces to which they are applied, paints and coatings will be a significant contributor to any effort to improve the infrastructure including, but not limited to:
• coatings for water transmission to improve the pipeline infrastructure and to work as an internal lining and a corrosion resistant external coating, for both potable and non-potable water transmission pipelines;
• coatings applied to steel structures which 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 to 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 and pedestrians.
ACA believes passage of infrastructure investment by Congress will create jobs, have a significant positive impact and stimulate the nation’s economy. In addition, ACA supports adequate funding for the Department of Transportation, so that it can maintain the regulatory foundation that keeps paint and coatings products in commerce.
ACA supports legislation which provides for a broad-based investment in infrastructure repair and modernization, including:
• increased public and private funding;
• a state of the art information and telecommunications system;
• modern road, wastewater and drinking water systems;
• improved inland waterways and ports; and
• annual authorization language that contains a requirement to consider corrosion protection criteria for federal projects.