Threat to health from tox­ins in soil near Gren­fell Tower

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY DAN WARBURTON

Gren­fell Tower TOX­INS that could cause life­long health prob­lems have been dis­cov­ered in soil and de­bris around Gren­fell Tower.

Pro­fes­sor Anna Stec, who con­ducted a study which found “huge con­cen­tra­tions” of po­ten­tial car­cino­gens, has is­sued a pri­vate warn­ing to coun­cil chiefs about her find­ings and urged them to carry out fur­ther tests.

She said high lev­els of hy­dro­gen cyanide were dis­cov­ered in the de­bris after the fire in June last year that left 72 dead and hun­dreds home­less.

Prof Stec also urged health author­i­ties to take blood and saliva sam­ples from fire­fight­ers and sur­vivors. She said some had the “Gren­fell cough”, in­di­cat­ing high lev­els of con­tam­i­nants.

She said: “I al­ready have datasets that in­di­cate a num­ber of tox­ins that have not yet been mea­sured by Pub­lic Health Eng­land. I think my re­search will show there are a num­ber of added tox­i­cants that need to be mea­sured.”

A PHE spokesman said: “Con­tam­i­nants in soils can come from a va­ri­ety of sources. It would be dif­fi­cult to link it di­rectly with the Gren­fell Tower fire.”


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