NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The city launched a new program to test all NYCHA apartments for lead paint using an x-ray device.
For the first time ever 135,000 public housing apartments will be tested for lead.READ MORE: 3 Teens Charged In Manhattan Subway Attacks, Police Release Video Of New Suspect Believed To Be Group's Lookout
If they find lead and there is a child under 6, they have to immediately act to address the problem,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We are going to address this issue and we are going to eradicate lead.READ MORE: Thomas Valva Case: Ex-NYPD Officer Michael Valva, Former Fiancée Angela Pollina Appear In Court For Pre-Trial Hearing
The $88 million project is part of the lead-free NYC initiative.
“Nothing has ever been on this scale before,” said de Blasio. “We’re going to get the final, clear answer for each and every one of them and then act from there to make them safer.”MORE NEWS: Police Looking For Man Caught On Camera In Violent Assault At Brooklyn Subway Station
Contractors will inspect approximately 6,000 apartments a month with the goal of completing the work by 2020.