Clean Diesel Construction initiative
In Spring of 2011, City Council passed the Clean Diesel Construction ordinance, which instituted new requirements focused on improving air quality on and near City of Chicago construction sites.
For City of Chicago projects issuing Requests for Proposals starting in January of 2014, high polluting diesel equipment (pre-1998 on-road vehicles and pre-US Environmental Protection Agency Tier 1 equipment) will be banned from City construction sites. The ordinance also creates a flexible point-scoring system whereby prime contractors inventory and report a Clean Fleet Score for all equipment and vehicles used on a project. These requirements apply only to City-awarded and funded projects $2 million or greater. The ordinance does not apply to sister agencies’ contracts.
The ordinance is in section 2-92-595 of the Chicago Municipal Code. [To view click here].
The City of Chicago is hosting a training event for the contractor community on how to comply with the new requirements at City Hall, Room 1103, on March 18th. [Sign up here].
The City of Chicago is assisting contractors clean up their fleets and improve air quality around City construction sites. Construction equipment engines are very durable and can operate for decades. U.S. EPA has implemented standards to make diesel engines cleaner, but many older pieces of construction equipment remain in operation and predate these standards. Older diesel engines emit large amounts of pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM). These pollutants are linked to health problems, including asthma, lung and heart disease, and even premature death. Equipment is readily available that can reduce emissions from these engines.
Check this page as more rebate programs become available, and for updates on workshops to help secure funding and how to comply with changing regulation.
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