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"Air Quality Alert" ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Tuesday... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Nassau and Suffolk. In effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Tuesday. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ground level ozone. The air quality index...or aqi...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value, the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young, and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is: 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. 256 PM EDT Mon Jul 27 2015 ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Tuesday... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Nassau and Suffolk. In effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Tuesday. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ground level ozone. The air quality index...or aqi...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value, the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young, and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is: 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. 236 PM EDT Mon Jul 27 2015 ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Tuesday... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Nassau and Suffolk. In effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Tuesday. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ground level ozone. The air quality index...or aqi...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value, the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young, and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is: 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. 236 PM EDT Mon Jul 27 2015 ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Tuesday... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Nassau and Suffolk. In effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Tuesday. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ground level ozone. The air quality index...or aqi...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value, the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young, and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is: 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. 256 PM EDT Mon Jul 27 2015 ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Tuesday... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Nassau and Suffolk. In effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Tuesday. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ground level ozone. The air quality index...or aqi...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value, the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young, and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is: 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. 256 PM EDT Mon Jul 27 2015 ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Tuesday... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Nassau and Suffolk. In effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Tuesday. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ground level ozone. The air quality index...or aqi...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value, the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young, and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is: 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. 236 PM EDT Mon Jul 27 2015 ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Tuesday... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Nassau and Suffolk. In effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Tuesday. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ground level ozone. The air quality index...or aqi...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value, the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young, and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is: 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. 236 PM EDT Mon Jul 27 2015 ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Tuesday... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Nassau and Suffolk. In effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Tuesday. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ground level ozone. The air quality index...or aqi...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value, the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young, and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is: 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. -- Tuesday Jul.28 15,04:12 AM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Schumer Pushes Bill that Would Better Support First Responders After Derailments of Train Cars Carrying Highly Flammable Crude Oil

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Schumer Bill, Called the RESPONSE Act, Would Create First-Ever Subcommittee Under FEMA focused on Derailments of Hazardous Materials, Especially Crude Oil

Washington, DC - June 26, 2014 - Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that he is co-sponsoring a bill called the Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Act of 2014, which would establish a subcommittee under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Advisory Council to address the issue of railroad derailments and the resulting hazmat incidents, with a specific focus on the crude oil that is transported down New York State railroads and rail tracks across the United States every day. The bill is being introduced today by U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). Schumer’s bill, the RESPONSE Act, would create a committee within FEMA that would be tasked with bringing together all of the relevant Federal agencies, emergency responders, technical experts and the private sector for a review of training, resources, best practices and unmet needs related to emergency responders to railroad hazmat incidents. All flammable, hazardous materials that travel on our railways would be subject to review by this subcommittee, and there would be a particular focus on train oil transport, as evidenced by the increased risk associated with derailments of cars that carry this crude oil.
 
“When it comes to the hazardous and highly flammable materials traveling across New York each and every day, you can never be too careful,” said Schumer. “We have taken some great steps in arming first responders with the information they need to respond to accidents, and this bill goes one step further. It ensures, for the first time, that the federal agency tasked with coordinating emergency response has a focus on hazardous materials transport by rail. This bill is a common-sense way to provide first responders with the tools they need to protect property and save lives in the case of a train derailment, and I urge my Senate colleagues to take up this bill and pass it.”
 
Schumer explained that, upon formation, the subcommittee would be required to provide recommendations to Congress within one year. These recommendations would include how to better train local first responders for incidents involving oil car derailments; the best way to implement a train car incident database, specifically for derailments involving crude oil; a strategy for the creation of commodity studies and mapping so first responders may always know what is traveling through their communities; and how to better increase access to timely information on the hazmat materials traveling on railroads for local officials and emergency crews.
 
Since August 2013, Schumer has worked tirelessly to address issues associated with the hazardous materials these train cars carry through communities every day, namely pushing for the phasing out or retrofitting of DOT-111 train cars that are prone to explosion during derailments. Schumer has also pushed for better information-sharing among railroad companies and local first responders, who are often the first on the scene of a derailment. Prior to Schumer’s push, railroad companies carrying hazardous materials through New York communities were not required to notify local first responders when trains were coming and the type of hazardous material they were carrying, but a recent emergency order by the Department of Transportation now requires this information to be shared with essential local emergency personnel.
 
According to the American Association of Railroads, the number of railcars carrying crude oil on major freight railroads in the U.S. grew by more than 6,000 percent between 2007 and 2013. This year, there will be more trains carrying crude across North America than ever before: nearly 1,400 carloads a day. In 2009, there were just 31 carloads a day. New York in particular, has experienced this spike, as crude from the Bakken oil deposit in North Dakota is transported to east coast refineries. It is transported on rail lines coming from the West and North towards Albany, where it is either loaded onto barges or tankers to carry it down the Hudson, or continues down along the railroad lines through the Hudson Valley towards New Jersey. These rail lines carry crude from Buffalo through Rochester, Syracuse and Utica to Albany, where it then heads south along the Hudson River before skirting New York City on its way to New Jersey.
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