Gren­fell can­cer fear as ‘huge’ lev­els of tox­ins found in soil

The Daily Telegraph - - News -

GREN­FELL sur­vivors and peo­ple liv­ing nearby must be screened for longterm health im­pli­ca­tions af­ter “huge con­cen­tra­tions” of can­cer-form­ing tox­ins were found in dust and soil.

Prof Anna Stec, who has been car­ry­ing out a range of tests from burnt de­bris that fell from the tower, found high lev­els of po­ten­tial car­cino­gens and hy­dro­gen cyanide in sur­round­ing ar­eas.

Prof Stec, who was an ex­pert wit­ness at the in­quiry into the deaths of 72 peo­ple, has been brief­ing Pub­lic Health Eng­land (PHE), the Depart­ment of Health, po­lice and Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea coun­cil urg­ing them to test sur­vivors, res­cue work­ers and nearby res­i­dents, The Guardian said. These in­clude tak­ing blood and saliva sam­ples.

Health chiefs are un­der­stood to be wait­ing un­til her full re­sults are pub­lished next year. PHE has been mon­i­tor­ing air qual­ity near the tower.

Prof Stec, an ex­pert in fire chem­istry and tox­i­col­ogy at the Univer­sity of Cen­tral Lan­cashire who has taken sam­ples from up to a mile away, said: “I al­ready have datasets that in­di­cate a num­ber of tox­ins that have not yet been mea­sured by PHE. I think my re­search will show there are a num­ber of added tox­i­cants that need to be mea­sured, but it’s im­por­tant to em­pha­sise that this work has not yet been com­pleted.”

PHE said it was aware Prof Stec had car­ried out “some soil re­search” and that it would “take the re­sults into con­sid­er­a­tion”.

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