June 7, 2017 By Jason Cohen
A bill requiring the MTA and the New York City Transit Authority to study lead paint levels along the elevated subway lines passed the state senate on Monday.
Proposed by Senator Jose Peralta, (D-Jackson Heights), the legislation would mandate the MTA to submit a report with recommendations as to how the agency would eliminate hazardous lead paint should the bill become law.
The MTA would be required to present its findings to the governor, mayor, the temporary president of the state senate and the speaker of the assembly. The study would “review past renovations to stations to determine the amount of lead paint abatement.”
“This proposal will help protect everyone from hazardous lead paint chips falling onto the streets,” Peralta said in a statement. “We need to remove this dangerous problem from our aboveground subway lines.”
The bill has been introduced in the state assembly but has yet to come up for a vote.
A recent report by the District Council 9 International Union of Painters and Allied Trades revealed that paint chips falling from the 52nd Street 7 train station were found to contain lead amounts of 244,000 parts per million, which is equivalent to about 50 times in excess of the legal requirements for lead.