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Multnomah County Board of Commissioners and the Portland City Council Adopt Resolutions on Clean Diesel Construction

September 21, 2018

  • Multnomah County staff and Commissioners with those that provided testimony at the September 20th meeting, including GEI's staff attorney Amelia Schlusser
On September 20, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners and the Portland City Council approved parallel resolutions directing the County and City to develop a Clean Air Construction Policy for public construction projects. GEI staff attorney Amelia Schlusser gave testimony to the County Commissioners in support of the proposed regional procurement policy, which will ultimately require construction equipment to meet diesel emissions control standards or be retrofitted with pollution control technology. At the same time, Amelia recommended that the county align the requirements with similar rules in California to prevent companies from using equipment in Oregon that they cannot otherwise use under California law. Multnomah County has some of the highest concentrations of diesel particulate pollution in the nation, and off-road construction equipment is the largest source of diesel emissions in the region. The resolutions represent a significant step in reducing toxic diesel emissions in the Portland metro area. The County and City will finalize their clean diesel procurement policies by the end of the year. Smarter procurement policies are part of the suite of recommendations GEI is preparing as part of our Deconstructing Diesel project. Read more
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