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Albany County To Seek Consultant To Assist In Reviewing Health Impacts Of Crude Oil Processing

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has announced that the county will issue a Request For Proposals for a consultant to complement the health and safety study by the Albany County Department of Health on the impact of crude oil and the heating of crude oil at the Port of Albany.

The RFP calls for a consultant that will assist the DOH in carrying out County Executive McCoy’s March 12 Order requiring a comprehensive investigation of the potential for any risk to county residents as a result of activities by Global Companies at the port, and its moratorium on the heating of crude oil at the port and any expansion of the operations there, until a health and safety review is complete.

McCoy says the county is working to protect the public and to get the answers to residents' questions regarding the safety of oil heating and transportation, to make sure the issues are fully vetted.

Since Albany County imposed the moratorium, the issue has attracted national headlines. Albany County is the first in the state to address the issue pursuant to state Public Health law.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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