State Senate passes bill to study lead paint level

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The State Senate passed IDC Senator Jose Peralta’s bill to require the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and the New York City Transit Authority (NYTC) to start a study on the amount of lead paint in elevated subway tracks.

If signed into law, the MTA will be required to write a written report on how to rid subway stations of any possible exposure of lead by paint chips falling from elevated stations. That will be followed by a review of some possible renovations to stations.

They will inspect and maintain the subway lines, according to the bill.

According to District 9 International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, the samples collected from paint chips that had fallen from the 7 train onto sidewalks was 49 times over the legal limit of 5,000 parts per million at 244,000 parts per million.

Last month, city and state lawmakers announced a lawsuit against the MTA to compel them to clean up the elevated lead paint.

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