Tuesday , May 11 2021

Pierrelaye-Bessancourt: an association calls for the detection of lead poisoning in the contaminated plain

"There are areas where you only have to spend a few hours so that a child has lead poisoning," says Pascal Boury.

For several months, this resident of Issy-lès-Moulineaux (Hauts-de-Seine) denounces the lack of attention, in particular by the Regional Health Agency (ARS) of Ile-de-France, recommendations for systematic initiation of lead poisoning by the Higher Council for Public Health.

He presented this Wednesday to the Administrative Court of Paris, on behalf of the association of citizens (AC) that created, a freedom directed against the prefect of Ile-de-France and the ARS.

An inhabitant very worried

Your purpose? Obtain emergency measures, including the systematic detection of lead poisoning among children younger than 7 years of age, pregnant women and those planning to become pregnant within a period of six months; soil contamination of public spaces and the closure of public places hosted by children waiting for the results of these analyzes.

It was after having been confronted with soil contamination when he wanted to build a pavilion in Plaisir (Yvelines) that Pascal Boury studied the subject.

The publication three weeks ago of the health study commissioned by the Regional Health Agency (ARS) of Île-de-France and the Interministerial Syndicate for the Sanitation of the Metropolitan Area of ​​Paris (SIAAP), which shows that most sites of the plain of Pierrelaye-Bessancourt present "unacceptable" health risks due to the presence of very high levels of lead and other heavy metals, and intends to "hide a health scandal" according to him.


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"300,000 people, including thousands of children, are affected by the area of ​​study," says Pascal Boury. I am not a scientist who has done his own study. Only one citizen who compares the statements made to the limit values ​​of the texts of the Higher Council for Public Health. "

A refusal that you do not understand

To support this, Pascal Boury relies on the synthesis of the study by the inter-regional epidemiological cell (CIRE) of Île-de-France and Champagne-Ardennes in 2014.

During the last year, he tried to obtain the complete study without success, but confronted the refusal of the ARS in spite of the favorable opinion of the Committee on Access to Administrative Documents (EACH).

"All soil pollution values ​​were already there and confirmed the seriousness of the situation," he explains. As of 2014, the authorities' simulations showed that more than 5% of children had a blood lead level higher than the limit recommended by the High Council for Public Health (HCSP) for the definition of child lead poisoning. "

And Pascal Boury to handle the nail. "When the ARS writes that the values ​​of heavy metals are much lower than those found in the old industrial sites, this is false. I received the impact study for ZAC Liesse 2 in Saint-Ouen-L 'Aumône (near of the plain, Ed) and the values ​​were taller. "

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