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18 MAY 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM N ACE International announced May 23‒24, 2018, as its annual Legislative Day for 2018, aimed at informing U.S. Congressional representatives of the group's mission to protect people, assets, and the environment from the adverse effects of corrosion. According to NACE, unmitigated corrosion costs more than $500 billion per year to the U.S. economy. As such, NACE hopes all relevant U.S. legislation includes language to support proper corrosion control planning, such as the use of protective coatings, along with using qualified personnel. Registration for the event is free, and all NACE members are invited and encouraged to attend, according to event organizers. e registration deadline is May 10, 2018. "Now more than ever before, ever y member of Congress needs to understand how important corro- sion control is to public safety and to the U.S. economy," NACE said in a statement. "Fortunately, when properly addressed, the harmful effects of corrosion can be mitigated, and costs can be reduced by as much as 30 percent. Our main goal is to ensure that corrosion control is a priority in policies that impact A merica's infrastructure." Events in May include an annual reception with the U.S. Corrosion Prevention Caucus, with both policy- makers and regulators present. Attendees will hear an update on the status of policies and legislation affect- ing businesses and professionals in the corrosion industry. "Associations like NACE play a vital role in educating both members of Congress and the public on import- ant issues and their impact on public policy," said U.S. House Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas), who represents the 22nd district of Texas. He is co-chair of the bipartisan Corrosion Prevention Caucus along with Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Connecticut). Olson added that his experiences w ith constituents often have a direct correlation w ith his views and poten- tial votes on policy. "My constituents are my bosses; their input absolutely affects my view on issues and impacts my votes," Olson said. "How an issue w ill impact my state, region, and in particular my district w ill absolutely impact how I vote." In particular, Olson said having constituents travel to meet with policy- makers at their place of work can be important because it allows attendees a glimpse into how issues are debated and decided in Washington. "W hile I strive to meet with constituents in the 22nd District of Texas, it is always beneficial for them to also see firsthand how the work we do happens in Washington," Olson said. "Meeting with them in the district allows us to be informed on what issues are important to them. e U.S. Capitol is their Capitol. ey should see and experience the inner workings of their government in action." ose in attendance for the legis- lative day will also be able to meet with appropriate U.S. regulators and can take advantage of the opportunity to network with other NACE members. For more information on the event, including a complete agenda and hotel recommendations, visit www. tive-day-2018. CP Did You Know? Over the 75 years of NACE, the public affairs division has helped promote the association, educate society about the importance of corro- sion control, and incorporate NACE standards into government regulations. The U.S. government and more than 40 states reference NACE standards and certification programs, most commonly within oil and gas, hazardous waste, and water/waste water regulations. As NACE grew, it expanded its reach on Capitol Hill to federal agencies, includ- ing the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Transportation (DOT), and the DOT's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Much of the association's legislative success is linked to NACE's initiation of a corrosion study by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in 2002. This investigation, "Corrosion Costs and Preventive Strategies in the United States," estimated the total annual direct cost of corrosion at $276 billion, or about 3.1 percent of the nation's gross domestic product (GDP). In 2016, NACE released a follow-up study — the International Measures of Prevention, Application, and Economics of Corrosion Technologies (IMPACT) — that examines the current role of corrosion management in industry and government and establishes best practices. The IMPACT PLUS web portal was introduced in 2017, featuring tools to enable best corrosion management practices throughout organizations. NACE INTERNATIONAL 75 NACE News Annual U.S. Legislative Day for Corrosion Industry in May

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