Michiana community among worst in nation for lead poisoning danger

BERRIEN COUNTY A shocking report out of Berrien County details the number of children living in danger of lead poisoning, but the good news is, the health department is making progress.

The Herald Palladium reports that over the past three years, the department used a federal grant to clear 124 homes from led contamination at a cost of nearly $12,720 per house. But the problem isn't fixed yet.

Michigan is the 4th worst state in the nation for lead poisoning, and Benton Harbor is the second worst city in the Wolverine State, ranking behind Detroit. 7.4 percent of Berrien County children live in the risk zone, compared to a state average of 1.6 percent.

Lead is found mostly in homes built before 1978, when the paint was banned. 84 percent of Benton Harbor homes were built before that date.


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