Sound public policy is critical to protecting public investment in infrastructure projects and safeguarding the public and environment. Coordinated corrosion and public works policy at the state and local level that prioritizes design, maintenance, inspection, and the utilization of qualified protective coatings personnel is key to extending asset life and helping to build strong and prosperous communities.

Policy Priorities

The Corrosion Illinois Network supports forward-thinking corrosion and public works policy.  When thoughtfully enacted and rigorously enforced, such policy constitutes a critical part of a holistic approach to supporting Illinois communities and the people who live and work within them.  A forward-thinking policy agenda that contributes to the well-being of Illinois communities incorporates the following attributes:

  • It ensures project specifications are adequate to maintain proper functioning for the entire lifecycle of an infrastructure asset, reducing operating costs and increasing return-on-investment.
  • It strengthens inspection protocols to ensure that structures are operating properly and safely, protecting vital resources and safeguarding workers and the communities in which the structures operate.
  • It prioritizes experienced, trained Illinois workers and contracting firms to make sure that investments by the State and local communities benefit local economies.
  • It advances workforce development efforts to ensure that trained workers are available for new projects and to provide career opportunities and pathways to family-supporting jobs for members of historically underserved communities. 

Through education, advocacy, and direct action, the Corrosion Illinois Network’s parent organization, the Tri-Council Development Fund, advances these attributes as policy priorities. 

Recent Illinois Legislation

In 2019, Illinois Public Act 101-0220 was enacted. This important piece of legislation is designed to protect community water supplies and bridge infrastructure by directing the Illinois Environmental Protection agency (IEPA) and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to adopt rules and standards regarding corrosion mitigation and prevention work on these systems.

This landmark legislation is an important step in creating a regulatory framework that will help Illinois and its communities maintain sound infrastructure systems that respond to the challenges of growth, wear, and climate change for generations to come.

For more information about regulatory advancements resulting from this legislation, see our Newsroom.

“Whether it is a pipeline, an airplane, a water treatment plant or highway bridge, corrosion prevention and control is essential to avoiding catastrophic events before it’s too late.”
– Bob Chalker, CEO, NACE International

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