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Small amounts of lead in tap water poses threat to children

The Flint water crisis doesn't make the national news anymore, but it's far from over, a youth development director from the Michigan city said Wednesday at the Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Buffalo.

Experts said other communities across the Great Lakes, including Buffalo, face lead crises of their own.

"Up to 24 million children up to age 6 will lose IQ points due to low levels of lead exposure," said John Rumpler, clean water program director for Environment America.

University at Buffalo Professor Kasia Kordas said lead exposure in children happens even before they're born and can pass through breast milk.

She said no level of lead in blood is safe.

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