Murphy pushing for lead poisoning prevention

WTNH News 8

(WTNH) — In the wake of the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, local lawmakers are pushing for legislation to prevent lead poisoning in Connecticut.

People who are most at risk for lead poisoning are those with old infrastructure, with lead pipes or lead based paint. That could mean any building built before 1978, but especially for those built before 1950. 30 percent of the housing in Connecticut was built before 1950.

Sen. Chris Murphy is pushing to help homeowners make make safer living environments, “I’m introducing a pretty simple piece of legislation which would provide homeowners with a maximum tax credit of up to $5,000 to pay for lead, raydon or asbestos abatement.”

Murphy will also urge Congress to pass a bill that would speed up public notification by the Environment Protection Agency of any dangers in drinking water.