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Mashnouk: waste plan implementation to kick off within 48 hours

NNA – Environment Minister Mohammad Mashnouk affirmed on Tuesday that the waste plan implementation would kick off within 48 hours.

“It is a matter of preparation and execution and cooperation between all parties,” he said.

Mashnouk signed on Tuesday a cooperation agreement with Electricite du Liban’s Chairman Kamal Hayek to execute the Polychlorinated Biphenyls (POP) management in the electricity sector and implement a national strategy to get rid of the Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

This agreement, between the Environment Ministry and the EDL, will also ensure Lebanon’s commitment to the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

Also, this project aims at determining contaminated transformer, disposing of contaminated equipment and enhancing the capacity of the Ministry of Environment and EDL to manage and provide support for the management of the project.

In his word delivered on the occasion, Mashnouk said that this meeting today was a necessity for it got us to care for pollution problems and eliminate contamination in biphenyl and power transformers.

The Minister called on activists, Lebanese citizens and all those righteous to protest against this crisis, to have confidence in the government.

“We are talking today about an environment that faced a 20-year old problem accumulation and not just from trash, but also from quarries and violations in that respect…” he said.

“Dozens of the solutions proposed, tenders offered and the search for landfills were being, unfortunately, hindered by politics,” he said, affirming that there was nothing shameful in the landfill solution.

As for his part, Hayek said that (polychlorinated biphenyls) emanating from the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP) caused severe risks on public health for it could remain in nature for a long time, it has an ability to penetrate in the living tissues of organisms…

“These said reasons make it a necessity to fight this substance and stop its production, especially that it causes multi-cancerous diseases,” he said.

Hayek deemed that this agreement was a milestone to activate and execute the Polychlorinated Biphenyls (POP) management project in the electricity sector and distribute tasks and coordinate between the EDL and the Ministry of Environment.

==========================L.W.