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Pittsburgh to Enforce Seven Year Old Clean Construction Law for First Time

Pittsburgh will enforce its ‘clean construction’ law on a bridge connecting Duck Hollow, a section of Swisshelm Park, with South Squirrel Hill. The law focuses on reducing emissions from diesel fuel use during construction.

To accomplish this, the law stipulates that contractors must include particulate filters and use ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel to power trucks and heavy equipment at the work site.

Gulisek Construction, the Mt. Lebanon based contractor working on the bridge project, will install diesel particulate filters on all its heavy equipment and implement other pollution reducing measures to stay in compliance with the law. Future capital construction projects within city limits that cost at least $2.5 million, like the upcoming I-579 ‘cap’ project, will also use the ordinance’s guidelines.

The law itself was enacted in 2011, with backing from then-council member, now-Mayor, Bill Peduto. However it was never enacted in its original form and was revised in 2016 by ex-councilman Dan Gilman, now serving as Peduto’s chief of staff.

CONTACTS:

Katie O’Malley, Mayor’s Office Communications Coordinator, at katie.omalley@pittsburghpa.gov or 412.925.1990

Rachel Filliponi, GASP Executive Director, at rachel@gasp-pgh.org or 412.924.0604

Gulisek Construction, info@gulisek.com or 724.696.3341

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