Stroger goes green for county’s health sake

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County Board President Todd H. Stroger held a press conference Thursday where he signed the Green Construction ordinance making Cook County the first Midwestern county to restrict diesel soot by requiring contractors working on county construction project

County Board President Todd H. Stroger held a press conference Thursday where he signed the Green Construction ordinance making Cook County the first Midwestern county to restrict diesel soot by requiring contractors working on county construction projects to use cleaner fuels and pollution controls on their diesel vehicles and equipment. This will cut pollution from diesel fuel by up to 90 percent while helping to improve air quality in the region. Joining Stroger were (from left) County Commissioner Joan Murphy, bill sponsor and chairman of the Construction Committee; Emily Stuart, organizer, Citizen Action/Illinois, Commissioner Roberto Maldonado, who last year proposed the ordinance; and Joel J. Africk, president/CEO, Respiratory Health Association. Africk said it is estimated that diesel soot, which are the particles contained in diesel exhaust, causes 755 deaths; 1,021 heart attacks; 476 cases of chronic bronchitis; and 17,017 asthma attacks each year in the region.

______ Photo from Cook County/LeShawn James

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