KARE 11 Investigates: High lead levels in children in Twin Cities

KARE 11 Investigative reporter Lauren Leamanczyk looks into high lead levels in parts of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Some areas have higher levels than Flint, Michigan.

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 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 communities in Minnesota where the percentage of children with elevated lead levels was just as high – or even higher.

Tuesday at 10 p.m. we’ll show you where the state’s lead hot spots are and introduce you to the children affected.

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