In 2016, Congress passed a multibillion-dollar infrastructure-funding package — the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN) — which will make critical investments to maintain and improve our nation’s ailing waterways infrastructure. The GPCC worked closely with partners, including the Port of Pittsburgh Commission and the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, to advance this key regional priority.
The WIIN Act authorizes investments of $2.7 billion over 20 years on the Upper Ohio River to repair and maintain the Emsworth, Dashields and Montgomery locks and dams. The Upper Ohio River navigation project will ensure the reliable movement of goods that our region’s economy, including energy and manufacturing industries, depend upon. And the project will help stave off devastating effects to our recreational uses of the river, drinking water and water quality.
Congress also passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which reforms the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). TSCA reform will help grow the chemical manufacturing industry, which employs more than 43,000 people in the Pittsburgh region. It will also assure consumers and producers that the chemicals in their goods are safe and risk-free.