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Addition to City Trucks Means Reduction in Pollution

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March 6, 2014 – The City of Valparaiso is hoping to reduce harmful emissions from diesel vehicles owned by the city’s Public Works Department by fitting the fleet with diesel oxidation catalysts. The device, installed on 18 street and recycling vehicles, breaks down exhaust fumes both chemically and physically into less harmful particles. The project is part of the Green Fleets Program, an initiative of South Shore Clean Cities, Inc. Carl Lisek, executive director, says “These catalysts can reduce particulate matter emissions by 20 to 50 percent, toxic hydrocarbon emissions by more than 70 percent, and carbon and hydrocarbon emissions by more than 90 percent. They also can significantly reduce or eliminate the smoke, soot and odors associated with diesel engine operation.”

Valparaiso officials were awarded $48,000 in reimbursable funds to pay for the installation. The funding comes from the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission through Federal Highway Administration Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funding from the Indiana Department of Transportation.

By Sarah Holst

 

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