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Construction Vehicles at World Trade Center Site to Use Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel

Construction Vehicles at World Trade Center Site to Use Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel

Sep 06, 2006
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All construction vehicles and equipment used on World Trade Center projects developed by Silverstein Properties will be required to consume ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, World Trade Center Developer Larry A. Silverstein, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin announced today. The program, dubbed “Clean Air for Our Community,” will reduce sulfur, hydrocarbons and nitrogen emissions from on-site equipment by as much as 90 percent.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said, “The commitment to use ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel to power the vehicles that will help rebuild the World Trade Center site is a major victory for the residents, workers, businesses and visitors of Lower Manhattan. It builds on legislation I passed into law in 2004 requiring this fuel be used in all off-road construction vehicles employed in this massive rebuilding project. I thank Larry Silverstein, my community board and it’s chairperson, Julie Menin, for committing themselves not only to restoring Lower Manhattan to its rightful place as the business and financial capital of the world, but to ensuring that Lower Manhattan will be the 21st Century place to be.”

“Since we embarked on the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site, we have pledged to work with this community to safeguard the health of the people who live, work, visit, and go to school Downtown,” said Mr. Silverstein. “Working hand in hand with Community Board 1, we will help mitigate environmental problems such as smog, acid rain and water pollution.”

“I want to thank Silverstein Properties for working with Community Board 1 to put the health and safety of Lower Manhattan’s residents and workers first by requiring all construction vehicles to use ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel,” said Julie Menin, Chair, Community Board 1. Requiring all vehicles and equipment to use ultra-low sulfur fuel means they will emit 97% less sulfur (a maximum reduction from 500 ppm to 15 ppm).

The environmental initiative is modeled after a similar program created for the construction of 7 World Trade Center, which earned Silverstein Properties an EPA Environmental Quality Award in 2004. 7 World Trade Center is the first commercial office building in New York City to be certified at Gold status under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for its pioneering approach to providing occupants with cleaner air and more natural light, while conserving energy and other natural resources.

“The steps we are taking on the site have great personal meaning to me,” Mr. Silverstein added. “As a long-time asthma sufferer, I have devoted much of my time and resources to health issues. It is deeply gratifying to be part of an innovative team that continues to expand its commitment to provide healthy living.”

Local residents and visitors to the WTC site will be able to identify the thousands of trucks and pieces of equipment using ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel by a “Clean Air for Our Community” decal placed on them, which was unveiled during the announcement held at 7 WTC.

“Through state-of-the-art technologies and measures, we are reducing emissions and noise, recycling construction waste, and minimizing the overall impact of development, to the benefit of the Downtown Community and ultimately all of us,” said Dan Tishman, Chairman of Tishman Construction Corp. “Through collaboration with downtown residents and Community Board 1, Silverstein Properties, the Port Authority, the U.S. Green Building Council, the City and State of New York, and numerous other partners who share in our vision of a greener future, we are pushing hard to make the new World Trade Center a model of health and efficiency.”

Silverstein Properties, Tishman Construction Corporation, and their partners are committed to reducing diesel emissions and finding innovative ways to incorporate green design and construction features into the development of the Freedom Tower and Towers 2, 3 and 4. The team is implementing a variety of technologies and procedures to ensure that the construction of these four office towers has a minimum impact on the broader community. In addition to the “Clean Air for Our Community” Program, they include:

  • Utilizing blasting in the foundation stages and limiting excavation with mechanical equipment is saving approximately 50,000 gallons of fuel and 2,000 hours of noisy work.
  • Recycling over 85 percent of construction waste materials to an end-user. (Currently, 100 percent of the rock, concrete and soil excavated at the Freedom Tower site is being diverted to an end-user).
  • Monitoring post-consumer and post-industrial content of materials supplied to the site.
  • Ensuring that all materials coming in and stored at the site remain moisture- and mold-free.

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