A No. 7 subway train arrives at the Mets-Willets point station. (Kathy Willens/AP)

NYC Elevated Train Tracks Causing Lead Paint Contamination

Though the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule is concerned with Lead Safe Certification primarily in pre-1978 residential properties, there is still often a hazardous amount of lead found in paint for commercial use. In cases where lead paint is deteriorating and the problem is not addressed, it can become a concern for public health.

Dangerous levels of lead were found in paint chips that have been falling from the elevated tracks of the No. 7 line, a union says.

Samples tested by the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades showed lead levels in the chips of 244,000 parts per million, or 48 times the level triggering lead abatement, said Joseph Azzopardi, a secretary with the labor group.

Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Queens), a longtime Jackson Heights resident, said the No. 7 train’s trestle that runs above Roosevelt Ave. in Queens looks like it hasn’t been repainted in ages.

Knowing the necessary regulations for lead safety practices in situations like this highlights the importance of Lead Paint Training. According to MTA spokeswoman Beth DeFalco, the elevated line here is receiving proper maintenance, including regular scraping, painting and inspections.

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