Sen. Schumer introduces water protection bill after lead found in Ithaca drinking water

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — On the heels of the PFOA crisis in Hoosick Falls, Senator Chuck Schumer is taking action to combat water contamination in Upstate New York.

Schumer is introducing legislation called the “True LEADership Act of 2016”, following a report that found lead in the drinking water in the City of Ithaca and communities across Upstate New York.

The new legislation, through a combination of loans, grants and tax credits, would inject over $70 billion over the next 10 years in water infrastructure and lead relief programs.

“Lead poisoning is an irreversible, preventable tragedy that robs many families and children of their future and we can no longer sit back and watch as New Yorkers live with hazardous lead paint in their walls and water,” said Sen. Schumer.

According to the National Center for Healthy Housing, childhood exposure to lead has lifelong consequences, including decreased IQ and cognitive function, developmental delays and behavioral problems.

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