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Senator Schumer Proposes Legislation to Protect Residents from Exposure to Meth Labs

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As of last month, 19 homes in Broome County were discovered to have previously been meth labs, and four are located in Binghamton.

Senator Charles Schumer is proposing legislation that would make sure that prospective homeowners are aware of what they're walking into.

"Meth is a horrific drug. An evil drug," said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.

71 Crocker Ave in Johnson City: it's the site where State Police recently busted three individuals for manufacturing methamphetamine.

While Senator Charles Schumer said meth is a large issue in the Southern Tier, it's not just the drug itself that can ruin lives.

"The chemicals used to make meth are poisonous, sometimes deadly. And they can lodge in carpets, in cracks in walls, in curtains, and in the ground," said Schumer.

That's why he's proposing new legislation that would require home sellers and landlords who know that a home was previously used as a meth lab to disclose that information to potential buyers or renters.

Local officials are more than on board.

"I think that we need to be up front and honest on what's going on to protect these young families that are moving into these homes and their children, because they have no idea and they're so excited just to be able to afford a new home without really knowing what they're walking into," said Broome County Executive, Debbie Preston.

Schumer says chemicals from meth labs are so toxic that when law enforcement officials raid a house, they wear protective gear to minimize their exposure.

He says this is why it's so important to disclose this information because a family moving in without knowledge that this house was a meth lab, don't have that same protection.

"Exposure to high concentrations of solvents like acetone can cause death.Chronic inhalation of hexane can cause central nervous system damage. And the bi-product benzene has been linked to anemia and leukemia in both adults and children," said Schumer.

Schumer says that until we can rid the area of meth entirely, this legislation will protect those who are unknowingly walking into a potentially toxic situation.