Meeting held to address lead poisonings in Kent. Co.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Concerned residents had the opportunity to question officials about lead poisoning in Kent County Thursday night.

Last year, commissioners called for a lead task force to address a spike in lead-poisoned children in the county.

In 2016, 615 kids in Kent County tested for elevated blood lead levels, most of the cases fell in the 49507 area code.

One of the poisoned children’s grandmother was in the audience Thursday night. He will be 4 years old in December.

“It feels good they’re looking into it so my own grandson can get better, which he is getting better,” Lisa Matthews said. “It can affect his speech. It can affect his thinking. It can affect his behavior. I’m learning all this stuff. It can affect a lot of areas in his life.”

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