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