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Investigation finds agencies largely ignore pollution potential at former lead plants

St. Paul's Harriet Island and Minneapolis' Hiawatha Avenue are among hundreds of sites where lead smelting factories once operated. A USA Today investigation finds that - despite a ten-year-old warning - government agencies are doing little about the possibility of pollution. The factories operated before there was an Environmental Protection Agency.
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St. Paul's Harriet Island and Minneapolis' Hiawatha Avenue are among hundreds of sites where lead smelting factories once operated. A USA Today investigation finds that - despite a ten-year-old warning - government agencies are doing little about the possibility of pollution. The factories operated before there was an Environmental Protection Agency.

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