Group says diesel retrofits could stall stimulus package

01/20/2009 | Washington Post, The

The Associated General Contractors is urging President-elect Barack Obama to block a California rule that would require contractors to retrofit heavy equipment engines to cut pollution. AGC officials say the current economy makes it impossible for the contractors to pass along the cost of the retrofits to their customers. That could mean that some economic stimulus funds are used for the retrofits. "What is the point of stimulus money if it's used to replace equipment instead of building?" asks AGC General Counsel Mike Kennedy.

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