MINNEAPOLIS - Hundreds of children in Minnesota every year are exposed to permanent neurological damage because of lead hazards in their homes.
A KARE 11 review of state data found neighborhoods in our state where as many as one in 10 children have too much lead in their system.
The numbers are staggering, especially when compared with those in Flint, Michigan. That city made national headlines and sparked outrage when one in 20 children tested positive for elevated lead levels.
KARE 11 found as many as 40 neighborhoods in Minnesota where the percentage of children with elevated lead levels was just as high – or even higher.
In Flint, water was the culprit. In Minnesota, it’s usually the windows.