Paris metropolis authorities and public well being officers have been accused in a authorized grievance of failing to safeguard the well being of individuals residing close to Notre-Dame cathedral resulting from lead air pollution attributable to the fireplace that just about destroyed the monument two years in the past.
Individuals residing close to the famed French cathedral, together with the Paris department of the CGT commerce union and the anti-pollution affiliation Henri Pezerat, have filed the grievance alleging that public authorities endangered lives by failing to react to the danger of lead poisoning.
“Regardless of the size of the fireplace and information concerning the threat of air pollution and contamination… no precaution specifically was taken by the authorities concerned for greater than three months after the fireplace,” the grievance says, based on a duplicate seen by AFP.
It says that 400 tonnes of lead within the roof of the Gothic masterpiece melted or have been dispersed as microparticles over the French capital through the devastating blaze on April 15, 2019.
“Youngsters (in creches and faculties), neighbours and staff have clearly been uncovered to the danger of lead publicity,” the grievance added. “These info quantity to the crime of endangering the lives of others.”
The sq. in entrance of the cathedral, which is being rebuilt, was closed once more to the general public in Might this 12 months after checks revealed excessive concentrations of poisonous lead particles.
A number of months after the fireplace, metropolis authorities ordered a deep-clean of colleges in areas near the cathedral, whereas kids and pregnant ladies residing close by have been urged to have blood checks.
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The grievance says that town, run by Socialist mayor and presidential hopeful Anne Hidalgo, withheld data from college administrators and did not act promptly.
The grievance additionally targets town’s police division, the tradition ministry and regional well being authorities.