Contamination from Grenfell Tower fire ‘is significant cancer risk’

Dust and debris from the tragic Grenfell Tower fire has left a legacy of carcinogenic soil, according to new scientific research

Samples taken up to 140 metres away from the tower, “indicate significantly increased cancer risk from dioxins and furans” alongside polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, says the paper, to be published in the journal Chemosphere. Other contaminants are also at levels far greater than what would normally be expected in an urban residential environment.

The concentration of dioxins and furans (PCDDs and PCDFs) – highly toxic compounds which can be produced in fires – reached up to 10,367 nanograms per cubic metre in one sample, with comparable levels found in two others. In contrast, the amount found in central London’s Hyde Park, used as a control, was only 43ng/m3.

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