Legislation to provide tax credits to home and apartment owners to remove lead-based paint was proposed today by Rep. Bill Paxon, R-Amherst.
"Lead poisoning remains as one of the most significant and dangerous hazards threatening young children today," Paxon told a news conference in the Dulski Federal Office Building.
Paxon said he will introduce legislation to provide a tax credit of up to $1,000 for home or apartment owners to clean up lead paint contamination.
He called the proposal "landmark legislation . . . the first of its kind."
A recent federal survey of 77 million homes built before 1980, when Congress banned lead-based paint, showed that 57 million, or 75 percent, of them contained lead-based paint, said Paxon.