No excess lead exposure in children near Notre Dame: study

notre dame
Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain

French health authorities said Tuesday that no excessive lead levels had been detected in children living close to the burned out Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, or going to school nearby.

Several hundred tonnes of lead in the roof of Notre-Dame melted or were dispersed as microparticles over Paris when the Gothic masterpiece was gutted by a fire on April 15, 2019.

But a study of 1,222 children concluded that there had been "no significant increase in childhood lead exposure," Public Health France said.

Levels of lead detected in children living or studying in the vicinity of the cathedral were "close to those estimated in the and lower than those of children screened in Paris" during previous testing programs in 2015 and 2018, it said.

Paris authorities and health bodies have been accused of failing to safeguard the health of people living near the cathedral due to the from the fire.

One complaint was filed earlier this month by families living near the cathedral, along with the Paris branch of the CGT trade union and the anti-pollution association Henri Pezerat.

Another one was filed in April by the French association Robin des Bois, which alleges that lives were put in danger.

Lead poisoning, which can result in developmental problems, is especially dangerous to unborn babies and young , who absorb more lead than adults.


Explore further

Notre Dame's melted lead prompts deep clean for schools

© 2021 AFP

Citation: No excess lead exposure in children near Notre Dame: study (2021, July 20) retrieved 28 September 2021 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2021-07-excess-exposure-children-notre-dame.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
4 shares

Feedback to editors