The Notre Dame Cathedral caught fire on April 15, destroying the structure’s spires and parts of the roof. Tons of lead from the structure melted from the fire, and the particles spread to the surrounding areas.
Work to renovate the cathedral was put on hold July 25 in order to improve the protection of workers from lead pollution. Equipment and procedures are being installed to ensure the safety of the workers and to better control access to the site in order to prevent any polluting elements from escaping.
“Our priority is to prevent any risk to employees working on the site,” Paris prefect Michel Cabot said. “With new safety protocols and the delivery of two new decontamination units, the quality of lead decontamination of workers, machinery and equipment will be optimized. Thus, the site will continue to be safely ramped up.”
Cleaners will use an absorbent gel and high-pressure water jets to clean the area of lead, dust and other fallout from the fire.
President Emmanuel Macron has set a five-year goal to complete renovations on the 850-year-old structure, and approximately 850 million euros ($955 million) in donations has been pledged to help restore the cathedral.
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