City contractors could be required to lower diesel emissions

Posted: 4/7/2011

From Chicago Tribune blog Clout St.:

A City Council committee today recommended approval of an ordinance that would require city contractors to lower diesel fuel emissions over the next several years.

The ordinance, proposed by Mayor Richard Daley and set for a full council vote Wednesday, would require contractors doing city work to use low-sulfur diesel fuel for heavy-duty vehicles and other equipment.

They also would have to lessen idling time and by 2014 retrofit their vehicles with emission control devices, unless they already meet federal emissions standards. The emission standards would get even tougher in 2017 and again in 2020.

Ald. Roberto Maldonado, 26th, pushed for the city to propose the ordinance, which is modeled off one approved by the Cook County Board when Maldonado served as a commissioner.

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