WASHINGTON, DC – Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), today issued the following statement in reaction to the Senate passage of the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act, which includes the bipartisan Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA):
“The U.S. steel industry relies heavily on an efficient water transportation system to transport essential steelmaking raw materials, such as iron ore and scrap, across the Great Lakes to steel plants across the Midwest. The bipartisan VIDA legislation will replace the inefficient and confusing patchwork of federal and state regulations on ballast water treatment that ultimately stifle the competitiveness of domestic steel producers. AISI thanks members of both parties in the Senate – especially those representing Great Lakes states – for establishing uniform standards for regulating ballast water treatment and other vessel discharges, which will remove water transportation inefficiencies and enhance the operations of the steel industry.”
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AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice. AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology. AISI is comprised of 21 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and approximately 120 associate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry. For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI's website at www.steel.org. Follow AISI on Facebook or Twitter (@AISISteel).