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In Paris an operation began to clean the neighborhoods of Notre Dame from lead pollution

As a result of a fire, about 400 tons of lead were released into the environment with smoke and ash.

PARIS, August 13th. / TASS /. The prefecture of Paris began on Tuesday the second major operation to clean up lead contamination from neighborhoods adjacent to Notre Dame. This was reported by France Info.
This is the second series of measures to decontaminate Parisian streets and squares after a cathedral fire, which resulted in about 400 tons of lead covering the roof of the building with smoke and ash. The first operation, which consisted mainly of water purification of the neighborhoods surrounding Notre Dame, according to the radio station, was recognized as "ineffective."

Now the streets adjacent to the cathedral will be first washed with a special chemical cleaning compound under ultra-high pressure. Then, a special gel that absorbs lead will be applied to the surface of the asphalt, benches and poles during the day. This composition should dry completely, after which it will be removed within eight days.

Upon completion of all procedures, a new lead test will be conducted in this part of the city. According to the prefecture, this decontamination program will last until August 23. Not only a few streets of the island of Cité will be closed, but also the nearest metro station. Bus routes will be changed.


New steps

On August 21, an operation will begin to clean up the area in front of the cathedral from harmful substances, and it has not been possible to remove lead pollution after several attempts have already been made. Currently, all repairs at Notre Dame have been stopped in order to develop new, more effective measures to protect people employed at the facility from lead. According to the prefecture, if the labor inspectorate gives the go-ahead, work at the cathedral will begin to gradually resume from August 19.

Last week, there was an operation to decontaminate the territory of three schools located near Notre Dame, which were closed due to lead pollution. There, in particular, the asphalt in the courtyards has been completely removed and replaced with a new one.

French doctors after a fire in Notre Dame Cathedral took blood from more than 160 children to check the lead content. According to the results, it was found that in 16 children the lead content per liter of blood is in the range of 25-50 milligrams, which, according to the existing standards in France, is a "dangerous level". In two children, it exceeds 50 milligrams per liter, which indicates the presence of lead poisoning.

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