Waking up federal lawmakers to the billion-dollar, life-threatening consequences of unchecked corrosion will be Job 1 when members of NACE International drop in on Capitol Hill this month.
|Members of NACE and ASM will make their case for corrosion prevention and control to federal lawmakers.|
“Corrosion: The Low Cost of High Maintenance” will be the theme of this year’s Legislative Day on Capitol Hill, the annual “fly-in” by members of NACE and ASM International (the engineering association formerly known as the American Society for Metals).
The goal of the event, set for May 29-31, is to educate legislators about the importance of corrosion control and the need for legislation that promotes corrosion prevention technologies and initiatives.
|NACE president Kevin Garrity (right) points out corrosion issues in the U.S. Capitol dome to past president Oliver Moghissi.|
NACE is hoping for a strong turnout from its 28,000-plus members for the effort. NACE members may register free for the events, but advance registration is required by May 28.
The three-day session includes luncheons, a dinner, group briefings and individual appointments with lawmakers, targeting leadership from the Appropriations Committee, the Armed Services Committees and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
• May 29: Legislative update by NACE and ASM on corrosion issues and activities on Capitol Hill, followed by a welcome reception.
• May 30: Appointments (previously scheduled) with Congressional members and staff.
• May 31: Congressional briefing, “Corrosion: The Low Cost of High Maintenance,” by NACE and ASM featuring a keynote address and discussion panel of experts.
Ten years ago, Corrosion Costs and Preventive Strategies in the United States, a seminal study initiated by NACE and backed by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, estimated the annual cost of corrosion at $276 billion—about 3.1% of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product at the time.
Source: Corrosion Costs and Preventive Strategies in the United States (2002)
The report included an in-depth look at the effects of corrosion on several areas, including military preparedness and on nuclear waste storage. The annual military tab alone at that time was $20 billion, and growing.
For more information on the Legislative Day on Capitol Hill, visit www.nace.org or contact Alysa Reich at 281-228-6280 or firstname.lastname@example.org.