At a rate that is three times higher than in Flint, Mich., residents in upstate New York are suffering from high levels of lead poisoning. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced a legislative proposal aimed at removing lead paint from older homes. While the federal standard for “safe” lead exposure is five micrograms per deciliter, New York State still uses a blood-level rate of 10 micrograms per deciliter to assess the harm of lead exposure to children.
Sen. Schumer proposed a $3,000 homeowner tax credit for “any property owner who abates the lead paint problem in a property he or she owns.” The tax credit would be applicable to homeowners who earned $110,000 a year or less. In a statement, Sen. Schumer called for swift action to combating the lead-poisoning crisis.