VALPARAISO | The city's air should be a little cleaner from now on thanks to a grant from the Federal Highway Administration's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program.
Valparaiso received $48,000 to install diesel oxidation catalysts on 18 public works department vehicles. The devices, installed by Inland Power Group, break down the vehicles' exhaust chemically and physically into less harmful particles. according to Carl Lisek, executive director of South Shore Clean Cities Inc., which administered the installation.
"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," Lisek said. "They also can significantly reduce or eliminate the smoke, soot and odors associated with diesel engine operation."
City Public Works Director Matt Evans said, "Our reason for taking advantage of this diesel oxidation catalyst money isn't grand or complicated. It reduces pollution and that helps make our city a better place to live and breathe.