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EPA, DEC Meet With Albany's Ezra Prentice Residents

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

  Federal, state and local government officials were in Albany's South End Wednesday night where they met with residents to talk about health risks and other issues associated with oil trains. 

Residents of the Ezra Prentice homes endure sounds and smells from the trains carrying crude oil to the port of Albany - which pass through their backyard - and they say they've had enough. Some feel no one is listening to their concerns. A recent study revealed more than half of the residents have asthma - they weren't shy about sharing their experiences
"It's gettin' harder and harder to breathe. In 5 years I aged 15 years..."
Among those listening:  EPA's Judith Enck, looking to set stronger national standards for oil by rail, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos, County Executive Dan McCoy and Mayor Kathy Sheehan 
"The other thing that the DEC is doing which I fully support and which really needs to happen is to do an air quality study right here."
Seggos says $500,000 has been secured to launch that study.

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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