Updated: 07/30/2014 6:23 PM
Created: 07/30/2014 8:51 AM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff
Albany residents have a new hotline to call if something doesn't smell right to them.
County Executive Dan Mccoy unveiled a 2-1-1 hotline on Wednesday that provides a way for the public to report strong odors at local rail terminals and at the Port Of Albany.
The hotline allows county officials to collect valuable data so that experts can figure out the best way to monitor air quality.
“This is a critical first step in addressing the concerns that nearby residents have regarding their exposure to potentially toxic pollutants associated with operations involving crude oil at the Port of Albany,” said Chris Amato of Earthjustice.
Community activists said today they were grateful for the hotline but many believe local government needs to do more to move residents out of the Ezra Prentice Apartments which is situated directly adjacent to train tracks where crude oil tanker cars sit all day long.