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Diesel pollution is presently at unhealthy levels in the Portland Metro area, with diesel particulate matter (PM) emissions over 10 times state health benchmark levels. Well over 65% of those emissions come from nonroad equipment. Although newer diesel engines are fitted with pollution controls that minimize diesel PM emissions (due to federal regulations), older dirty diesel engines are still prevalent due to their long lifespan. To address this issue and improve air quality in the Portland Metro area, the City of Portland, Multnomah County, Port of Portland, Metro, Washington County, Clackamas County, and Trimet are working together to reduce diesel PM emissions from publicly funded construction projects. To date, the City of Portland and Multnomah County have adopted Clean Air Construction requirements for their construction contracts valued over a specified dollar threshold (the threshold varies by agency). The primary goals of this regional collaboration is to 1) reduce deadly diesel pollution levels in the Portland Metro area; and 2) set a common set of requirements and program elements so as to minimize administrative burden on contractors and participating agencies.
This website contains information for the public and contractors regarding the regional Clean Air Construction initiative and resulting requirements for publicly funded construction projects. There are many program elements still in development and information on this website will be updated as implementation elements are finalized.
Clean Air Construction requirements applicable to construction projects funded by the public agencies that have adopted the CAC requirements
Multnomah County fact sheet about health impacts of diesel pollution
Frequently Asked Questions related to the Clean Air Construction initiative
EPA Emission Rating/Tier by Engine Model Year and Horsepower Range
Definitions for terms and acronyms related to the Clean Air Construction requirements and program