Tests find cyanide in soil around Gren­fell

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - NEWS -

Soil tests around Gren­fell Tower have re­vealed tox­ins that could have health im­pli­ca­tions for lo­cal res­i­dents, ac­cord­ing to early find­ings from a tox­i­col­ogy study.

Pro­fes­sor Anna Stec, who con­ducted the re­search, is said to have found “huge con­cen­tra­tions” of po­ten­tial car­cino­gens in the soil and dust around the west Lon­don tower block.

It has been re­ported that the pro­fes­sor in fire chem­istry and tox­i­c­ity at the Univer­sity of Cen­tral Lan­cashire warned se­nior health of­fi­cials, the po­lice and Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea Coun­cil of the need for fur­ther tests.

She is also said to have found high lev­els of hy­dro­gen cyanide in the soil she an­a­lysed.

Pro­fes­sor Stec said she had taken a high num­ber of sam­ples from lo­ca­tions up to al­most a mile away from the tower.

A spokesman for Pub­lic Health Eng­land said the agency had re­ceived a phone call from the pro­fes­sor but had not been briefed and had not seen the data.

The agency has been mon­i­tor­ing the air qual­ity around the tower and has con­sis­tently said it has found noth­ing of con­cern.

Seventy one peo­ple died in the blaze on June 14 last year, with a 72nd vic­tim dy­ing months later in hos­pi­tal.

A sign of sup­port out­side the fire-rav­aged tow­ers

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