Residents in four north Minneapolis neighborhoods can receive free lead and asthma consultations, funded as part of a $2.5 million settlement with a metal recycling facility linked to air pollution.
The communities received $600,000 as part of a 2017 agreement between the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Northern Metal Recycling. The company is expected to close its riverfront facility south of N. Lowry Avenue and relocate to Becker, Minn., by August.
A committee consisting of North Side residents and the city’s Health Department met throughout last year to decide how the money would be spent.
Parents in the Bottineau, Sheridan, McKinley and Hawthorne neighborhoods whose children have asthma can now call the Health Department to get a free in-home visit from a specialist on asthma triggers. They could get up to $500 worth of HEPA air cleaners, anti-allergen mattress and pillow covers, pest removal services and gift cards.