State Senate passes bill to study lead paint level


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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