2012 Annual Report ICPI 2012AnnualReport_12202012-FINAL - Page 12

Government Affairs Representing the concrete paver industry, ICPI continues implementing legislative and regulatory lobbying initiatives benefit- ing ICPI member business interests. A central feature of ICPI’s lobbying activities is to indelibly brand permeable interlock- ing concrete pavements (PICP) as an environmentally friendly, “green” technology that can provide substantial stormwater runoff reduction, reduce flooding, improve water quality by enhancing filtration of stormwater runoff, retain local hydrology, and facilitate municipal low impact development objectives. ICPI is urging Congress and key federal agencies that PICP can play a major role in emerging, evolving federal policies to improve the environment, and should be promoted and integrated in federal policy. Congress Enacts New Transportation Law, ICPI Hails Inclusion of Permeable Pavers Provision of the legislation includes technology transfer of permeable In 2012, ICPI succeeded in lobbying Congress to include the tion (FHWA). The meeting included a proposal for technology first-ever permeable pavements provisions that were conceived transfer of permeable pavement technology via a one-day by ICPI and offered for consideration on Capitol Hill. In doing so, course developed and promulgated through the Local Technol- ICPI has created new law, and established that permeable pave- ogy Assistance Program or LTAP centers. Typically housed at ments are now a technology for use under the auspices of the universities, these are jointly funded by the FHWA and the state U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). Passage of the new DOT. Among many topics, LTAP centers focus on training of state law culminates a comprehensive strategy of intensive, highly tar- and local transportation agency employees in pavement design, geted lobbying by ICPI to use the Transportation Bill as a vehicle construction and maintenance. to promote pavers in federal transportation policy. After developing the legislative proposal with the input of its pavements noted left. This provision of the bill resulted in an October meeting of ICPI with the Federal Highway Administra- The upshot of the FHWA meeting is a subsequent meeting with some key LTAP persons to discuss the training proposal. members, ICPI worked very closely with certain key Members This should provide a forum for ideas and direction for devel- of Congress to develop their appreciation for the public policy oping a curriculum. A key document for use in the education benefits of pavers. ICPI included substantial use of grassroots program will likely be an emerging Permeable Pavements Manual lobbying, Legislative Alerts, site visits and political activity in sup- of Practice scheduled for release by the American Society of Civil port of the lobbying effort. In all cases, ICPI’s actions focused on Engineers in spring 2013. This proposed training initiative uses achieving specific tactical objectives on the pathway toward final a credible and well-established national training network, LTAP, passage with the permeable pavements provisions. to raise visibility and use of permeable pavements by state and The permeable pavements language authorizes the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to conduct research and technology local agencies.    reduce stormwater runoff, improve water quality, and helps ICPI, Louisiana Industry Demonstrate Permeable Pavers for U.S Senator David Vitter restores built areas to original hydrology. This is the first instance In May 2012, ICPI and many of its members in the Louisiana con- in which permeable pavements have been specifically added to crete paver industry hosted U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) for the authority of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Further, a special product demonstration and briefing session. The event the permeable pavements language adds concerns such as was held at a high-profile paver installation at the Wilson Charter stormwater runoff and flood control to the Secretary’s values to School in New Orleans, LA and was attended by more than 30 address at USDOT. Pavers provide major advantages in mitigating leading concrete paver executives in Louisiana representing all stormwater runoff and flood mitigation. ICPI will make efforts to elements of the concrete paver industry. transfer activities using permeable pavements. The legislation takes advantage of the benefits of permeable pavements that work closely with USDOT in developing an implementation plan to promote the use of pavers in transportation applications. ICPI hosted the event for Senator Vitter in large part to thank the Senator for his crucial work in adding a permeable pavements provision in the Senate version of the Transporta- MAP-21, ICPI Meets with Federal Highway Administration tion Reauthorization Bill. Senator Vitter is a member of the In summer 2012, MAP-21 transportation bill, or Moving Ahead Senate Committee developing the Senate version of the Trans- for Progress in the 21st Century became law. An important part portation Bill. 12 Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, the key ICPI Annual Report 2012