- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Lawmakers in Albany County have passed legislation that penalizes operators of local crude oil storage and transfer facilities that fail to report spills in a timely manner.

The Times Union of Albany reports (https://bit.ly/1MpGsKp ) that the law passed Tuesday night was driven by the rise of the Port of Albany as a crude oil rail hub.

Under the new legislation, companies must report petroleum spills to county emergency management officials within 30 minutes of any accident or possible “threat of a release.”

Operators who fail to do so could face jail time and fines of up to $20,000.

County Executive Dan McCoy says he fully supports the law, citing the fact that federal transportation safety officials predict one “major” spill every year for the next decade.

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Information from: Times Union, https://www.timesunion.com

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