In recent years, nine tumors have been detected in staff at the Romain Rolland establishment, which is located a few kilometers from the largest incinerator in Europe.
- In 6 years, six breast cancers and pancreatic cancers have been detected in staff housed at the Romain Rolland high school in Ivry-sur-Seine (Val-de-Marne).
- The Snes-FSU teachers’ union points out dioxin emissions around the Ivry-Paris XIII waste incineration plant, which is located three kilometers from the establishment.
- Teachers are awaiting a reaction from the Regional Health Agency (ARS) and the rectorate.
Teachers at the Romain Rolland high school, in Ivry-sur-Seine (Val-de-Marne), are worried about their health and that of the students. The reason is simple: “in 6 years, 6 cases of breast cancer – including 4 affecting people working in adjoining rooms – have been detected as well as 3 pancreatic cancers in housed staff”. This was reported by the Snes-FSU teachers’ union in a statement published on November 21.
Breast and pancreatic cancers: dioxin emissions around the incinerator in question
According to staff representatives, the Ivry-Paris XIII waste incineration plant, which is located three kilometers from the school, plays a role in the occurrence of these cancers. “Dioxin emissions around the incinerator were not measured for nearly 7,000 hours between 2020 and 2021. This is worrying information given that it is the largest incinerator in Europe, and is installed in the heart of a metropolis of 12 million inhabitants. Classified as carcinogenic to humans by the National Cancer Research Center, dioxins can accumulate in the food chain. wrote the union.
And for good reason, the Regional Health Agency (ARS) had recommended, last week, not to consume eggs from hens raised in neighboring communities due to “high levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and per- and polyfluoroalkynate substances (PFAS)”, in the soils.
“No one monitors the health of education staff”
Faced with this worrying situation, the union wants to know the content and stages of the expertise of the ARS, which must have received data concerning sick staff from the establishment or “Unfortunately” died of cancer. “Once again the health of teachers does not seem to be a priority for our leaders, while in the private sector staff benefit from a complete health check-up every two years, no one monitors the health of education personnel. Romain Rolland is very angry.”