Updated: 07/23/2014 12:25 PM
Created: 07/23/2014 9:12 AM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff
ALBANY - Following a recent oil spill and the derailment of four train cars in Albany, there's a proposal to impose sanctions on those who fail to report spills.
County Executive Dan Mccoy says the laws need to get tougher, to protect the safety of residents.
He's proposing legislation that would impose criminal penalties for failing to report oil spills to Albany County within 30 minutes.
McCoy cited a recent oil spill at the Kenwood Yard at the Port of Albany in which four Canadian Pacific Railroad cars derailed.
He says the railroad waited five hours to report the incident.
He wants to impose up to a year in jail with a fine, plus civil sanctions of up to $250,000 dollars for each violation.
McCoy spoke at the Ezra Prentice Homes in Albany’s South End, public housing right off the railroad tracks where oil cars sit near their homes and a playground.
There has been heightened concern over rail tank cars that carry crude oil after a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including a massive explosion in Lac-Megantic that left 47 people dead.
There's also movement on the federal level now involving the same DOT-111 tank cars that sit on the tracks in Albany.