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August 9, 2009

Rust Belt Bites Back

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Filed under : Enviornment News

Don’t look now, but the U.S. Defense Department is backing an academic program that may ultimately offer long-term aid in the area of resource conservation. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported on Tuesday that the University of Akron, with the help of a $2.3 million Defense Department grant, has begun laying the groundwork for an engineering program aimed at the understanding and prevention of corrosion, a pervasive blight eating away at our domestic infrastructure at an estimated rate of $400 billion per year.

The Defense Department spends upwards of $22 billion a year (1/3 of their maintenance costs) on reigning in the degrading effects of corrosion. Dan Dunmire, director of the department’s Office of Corrosion Policy and Oversight, says the problem has created “almost a sense of crisis.”

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