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CLEVELAND– Cleveland officials announced plans to combat lead exposure, particularly in children, during a news conference Tuesday morning.

Mayor Frank Jackson touted measures he’s taken to tackle the problem, including placarding houses that tested positive for lead and working with landlords.

Council President Kevin Kelley said they’ve met with representatives from other communities, which have lowered lead levels. He said they will continue to study the issue and best practices.

“We can work towards a lead-safe Cleveland,” Kelley said, adding being lead-free is not cost effective.

A recent study from Case Western Reserve University found children in Cleveland had higher exposure to lead than compared to other communities. The primary threat comes from leaded paint in homes built before 1978.

The data shows 25 percent of Cleveland Metropolitan School District kindergartners tested at elevated levels at least once before the age of 6.

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