Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Clean Air Act Waits a Little Longer

A bill that would require diesel vehicles in city-funded projects to be fitted with a diesel filter will have to wait another week before a preliminary vote.

Pittsburgh Council voted to hold the “Clean Air Act of 2010” for a week, due to concerns raised by a labor group the day before the preliminary vote was to occur.

The legislation is meant to reduce the levels of fine particulate matter in the city’s air by cutting down on pollution coming from diesel engines working on city-funded developments.

Councilman Bill Peduto says putting enforcement in the hands of the city Controller and making developers (rather than contractors) responsible for compliance only satisfied two of the union’s three qualms.

Peduto says he will work to fix the bill to satisfy all parties by next week.

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