FoE launched its study last year after the head of a lead battery recycling plant at Bourg-Fidèle in the Ardennes region was prosecuted for "endangering the lives of others" by allowing lead contamination. A children's playground close to the Métal Blanc site had to be shut, and the factory was itself ordered to close in July.
The NGO's inventory lists industrial installations of all types that it says use lead and therefore could potentially cause lead pollution, including oil refineries, plastics manufacture, lead battery makers and recyclers, glassworks and others. Posted on its web site, the results enable users to pull up a list of targeted sites in each department of metropolitan France.
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