Lead scrubbed from Paris streets as Notre Dame work resumes | Nation

PARIS (AP) — Specialists shoring up fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral returned Monday to the Paris web site for the primary time in practically a month, this time carrying disposable underwear and different protecting gear after a delay prompted by fears of lead contamination.

In the meantime, cleanup groups swept, sprayed and vacuumed neighboring streets Monday to wash away any lead left over from the April blaze that decimated Notre Dame’s roof and toppled its spire. Poisonous mud spewed into the air as tons of of tons of lead melted within the fireplace.

On the cathedral itself, exercise resumed Monday beneath strict new lead-protection measures for the stonemasons, cleanup staff and scientists engaged on the monument, in response to the Tradition Ministry. They embody throwaway full-body clothes, compulsory showers and a brand new decontamination zone to make sure that nobody tracks air pollution exterior the location.

The employees are clearing out hazardous particles and learning and consolidating the medieval monument — a vital first step to arrange the delicate cathedral for a yearslong, multimillion-euro reconstruction effort.

However even this primary step is taking longer than anticipated due to lead worries.

Some environmental activists and residents say French authorities underplayed the lead poisoning dangers within the aftermath of the blaze.

Below strain from labor inspectors, the Paris regional administration ordered the consolidation work halted in July pending new worker-protection measures. Labor inspectors accredited the adjustments and allowed the work to renew beginning Monday.

The regional well being authority stated final month that the primary lead threat was contained in the cathedral itself and its forecourt, and that no harmful lead ranges had been registered because the fireplace within the surrounding streets, the place vacationers and residents flow into.

Didier Durand, whose stone-working firm Pierrenoel has eight staff engaged on the cathedral, stated he is desirous to get again to work.

“Notre Dame hasn’t been saved but,” he instructed broadcaster France-Data. “We’ve not stabilized the buttress construction but … and we’re dropping loads of time.”

The cathedral, its adjoining park and its forecourt have been closed to the general public since April 15 and are prone to keep that means for years. French President Emmanuel Macron has stated he needed Notre Dame rebuilt inside 5 years however reconstruction consultants doubt that is attainable.

Oleg Cetinic contributed to this report.

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