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Environmental Groups Partner with Construction Firm to Adopt Clean Diesel Construction Practices in Chicago
Cleaner air improves health for all who live and work nearby
CHICAGO – The Environmental Law & Policy Center and Respiratory Health Association are partnering with construction firm Leopardo Companies, Inc., to create one of Chicago’s first clean diesel construction projects that will emit significantly less diesel particulates into the air and provide a healthier environment for people who live, work and play nearby.
The 265,000-square foot retail development at 3030 N. Broadway in the Lakeview neighborhood is being built with construction equipment that meets the tightest diesel tailpipe exhaust standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Leopardo also is limiting the time machinery is permitted to idle at the site as another component to its clean diesel practices.
“The Environmental Law & Policy Center anticipates more construction firms and property owners will be compelled to pursue clean diesel practices that are both cost-effective and healthy for people who are employed onsite or live and work around these construction projects,” said Susan Mudd, Senior Policy Advocate.
A majority of the heavy equipment onsite meets the EPA’s stringent Tier 4 clean diesel standards, which captures most of the harmful diesel particulates that would otherwise be expelled into the air. In addition, Leopardo hauled a 300-ton crawler crane to the site and retrofitted it with an emissions scrubber to meet the equivalency of the Tier 4 standards.
Pollution from diesel exhaust contains extremely small particles that can lodge deep inside the lungs. Anyone with respiratory challenges, such as asthma, is at greater risk for more health complications when exposed to diesel particulates, said Brian Urbaszewski, the Respiratory Health Association’s Director of Environmental Health Programs.
“Respiratory Health Association is proud to recognize companies that are proactively seeking out diesel equipment that is much cleaner and safer, improving the health of their employees and community members who live and work next to construction sites,” said Urbaszewski.
“Leopardo is committed to having more clean diesel construction sites in the future,” said George Tuhowski, director of sustainability at Leopardo, one of the largest construction firms in the region. “We’re confident that more contractors will rally behind this green initiative and make it the standard practice.”
The property, owned by 3030 N. Broadway LLC, will have a Mariano’s Fresh Market as the anchor of the 5-story building. The project is expected to be completed by fall 2016.