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Port plan draws more reaction

ALBANY -- More people are speaking out - and getting the chance to speak out - about plans to bring more crude oil through the Port of Albany.

A public hearing has been scheduled for February 12th at 6 p.m. at the Giffen Memorial Elementary School. In advance of the hearing, the DEC released the following statement:

"The safety of all New Yorkers is of the highest priority, which is why the State ensures that local first responders train vigorously for all sorts of hazmat-related emergencies including railcar disasters involving ethanol and crude oil. The State, through the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, has also issued millions of dollars in grants to ensure that local fire departments are able to sustain equipment and training programs.
 
"While rail shipments of crudes are federally regulated, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will and has evaluated emergency response and preventions plans before granting permits for oil storage facilities. We have and will take in account the nature of the materials being shipped and federal regulations related to the safety of the railcars in terms of emergency preparedness.

"The pending application to modify Globals air permit does not pertain to the transport of fuel or storage capacity at the terminal; however it does seek to modify the companys oil handling capabilities to include heated petroleum products such as crude oil and biofuels.
 
"DEC is extending the public comment period on the Global Companies, LLC Air Title V permit modification for an additional 60 days, until April 2nd, and has scheduled a public informational meeting at 6 p.m. on February 12, 2014, at the Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 274 South Pearl Street, Albany. This meeting will provide an overview of the permit and its impact.
 
"DEC welcomes the public's feedback on the draft permit, and all statements will be carefully considered before making a final determination on the permit modification.

"Here is a link to the draft air permit which has information about the proposed project:
http://www.dec.ny.gov/dardata/boss/afs/draft_atv_e.html. "