Since the fire on the 15th of April, 2019, Notre Dame has been emitting lead and toxic dust into the air in its surrounding areas. Built almost 850 years ago, the church has large amounts of lead in its structure. Particularly in the roof and spire where a large majority of the fire’s destruction took place. The main problem when it comes to the lead is how it may affect the people who live near the cathedral. Mainly pregnant women and children.
So far, only two children have tested positive for the risk of lead poisoning. While another 16 kids fell just below the risk mark. They, however, will continue to be monitored. Environmental groups have come together to demand that more be done to protect citizens from potential lead poisoning. Two schools in nearby areas were recently closed due to high lead concentrations. Work on the cathedral has also been on hold since 25th July after Health and Safety officials confirmed that the proper precautions for decontamination were not up to par.
The environmental groups that have come together are demanding more action. They want new reports on lead contamination in the area. They also want to have the cathedral decontaminated and sealed off in the process.
Areas, where there are higher levels of lead like parks or streets just next to Notre Dame, have all been locked off. Areas where tourist frequent like the like streets, shops, and restaurants nearby, reportedly do not have dangerous levels of lead.