Notre Dame fire exposed thousands of children to alarming levels of lead
Added 09-15-19 10:18:02pm EST - “The devastating fire that consumed the Notre Dame Cathedral in April spread toxic dust over Paris ?" exposing at least 6,000 children under the age of six to alarming levels of lead, according?” - Nypost.com
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The devastating fire that consumed the Notre Dame Cathedral in April spread toxic dust over Paris — exposing at least 6,000 children under the age of six to alarming levels of lead, according to a new report.
French authorities were alerted that lead exposure could be a problem within 48 hours of the April 15 blaze — but it took a month before city officials conducted the first test, a New York Times investigation published Saturday found.
More than 450 tons of lead that had covered the Gothic gem’s roof and iconic spire dispersed as dust during the inferno, settling in schools, day cares, parks and other public places, according to the report.
“It’s almost a no-brainer that if you incinerate hundreds of tons of lead, you’re going to have some significant deposition of particles in the neighborhood,” Matthew J. Chachère, counsel to the New York City Coalition to End Lead Poisoning, told the paper.
Confidential documents obtained by the Times found that lead deposited near the historic house of worship were up to 1,300 times higher than French safety guidelines.
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