EPA visits Albany’s South End to discuss health issues possibly connected to oil trains

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – People gathered in Albany’s South End to hear about health impacts of nearby diesel trucks and oil trains.

The South End is known as a highly trafficked section of the city that sees many trucks and trains pass through every day. Therefore, the regional Environmental Protection Agency went to the Ezra Prentice Homes to talk to residents about their health issues possibly connected to environmental causes.

“There’s over 200 kids down here under the age of 15,” organizer Willie White said. “I worry about all the kids because these kids are playing every day on the playground, and they’re totally oblivious to what they’re breathing every single day.”

The area has become a political hot bed.

Numerous politicians at both the local and state levels have called for more regulations as well as losing the oil trains in question due to the hazardous materials they transport.

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