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Le CDR pris la main dans le sac... poubelle

Le Conseil du développement et de la reconstruction (CDR) était au centre des débats du Conseil des ministres réuni hier au Grand Sérail, et en a peut-être fait les frais, non pas directement, mais à travers des anomalies relatives à l'adjudication de la gestion des déchets dans la décharge de la Costa Brava. Dans les faits, à l'issue de la réunion, le ministre de l'Information, Ramzi Jreige, a annoncé qu'il a été décidé de demander à cet organisme de fournir, dans un délai d'un mois, un plan détaillé de la méthode qu'il adopte pour sélectionner et exécuter les projets dont…

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Le barrage de Janné sera-t-il au menu de la réunion du Conseil des ministres

Il n'est pas certain que la très polémique question du barrage de Janné sera discutée aujourd'hui en Conseil des ministres. Ce grand barrage en construction sur le Nahr Ibrahim a des défenseurs au sein du gouvernement, mais aussi des détracteurs, en raison des études qui mettent en doute le bien-fondé de cet ouvrage. La polémique autour du barrage fait rage, même lors d'une conférence de presse tenue il y a dix jours par le ministère de l'Énergie, le commanditaire de l'ouvrage. Au cours de cette conférence de presse, un spécialiste des barrages du ministère à la retraite, André Atallah, a…

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Aux saboteurs de la République... Afin que le dossier des déchets ne tombe pas dans l’oubli

237e jour du scandale des déchets Depuis plusieurs années, ils se livrent à une entreprise délibérée et minutieuse de noyautage et de torpillage de l'appareil de l'État. Depuis plusieurs mois, ils entreprennent, sans sourciller et sous des prétextes fallacieux, de paralyser l'une après l'autre les institutions politiques. Loin de se contenter de cette opération de sape, ils s'en prennent désormais à la santé même des Libanais, leur droit de bénéficier d'un minimum de bien-être, de vivre tout simplement dans un environnement salubre. En utilisant « l'arme » des déchets comme instrument de manœuvre, de pression et de manigances politiques, en faisant sciemment…

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Health ministry penalizes Mt. Lebanon town for burning trash

The Health Ministry Sunday issued a penalty against a Mount Lebanon municipality for dumping and burning garbage near a highway, endangering the health of locals. The ministry found trash recently burnt in the Aley town of Kahaleh. Since the start of Lebanon's trash crisis last summer, Mounds of garbage have accumulated on the side of the Beirut-Damascus Highway and dumped in valleys in Khaldeh and the surrounding area. The ministry referred the case to relevant authorities through the qaimaqam of Aley. Nearly 100 municipalities have so far been referred to the judiciary for trash burning. Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk issued…

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Salam Issues Stiff Warning on Waste Crisis

Prime Minister Tammam Salam warned cabinet ministers on Thursday that he would not call for a cabinet session next week if the country’s seven-month-long waste problem is not resolved soon. Salam denied that he would suspend cabinet sessions, telling ministers the situation is “much worse than that,” Information Minister Ramzi Jreij said in his press briefing. The PM spoke at the start of the session that he chaired at the Grand Serail. A ministerial committee has been holding meetings since the cabinet decided last month to end an export plan and instead focus on decentralization. The export scheme to Russia…

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Financial Prosecutor Sues Sukleen on Charges of 'Squandering Public Funds'

Financial Prosecutor Ali Ibrahim has filed a lawsuit against the Sukleen and Sukomi firms on charges of “squandering public funds” in their handling of waste management in the country in the past two decades, media reports said on Wednesday. Ibrahim's move is based on the lawsuit that has been filed by Kataeb Party chief MP Sami Gemayel, the reports said. Gemayel filed a lawsuit against the Council for Development and Reconstruction last week for its long running failure to follow up on the trash management file since Sukleen and its subsidiary Sukomi were tasked with collecting, sorting and land-filling garbage…

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Kataeb youth demonstration demands end to trash crisis

Kataeb Party youth protested Sunday against Lebanon’s ongoing trash crisis, lashing out at the Cabinet and the Council for Development and Reconstruction for their failure to address the 7-month-old calamity. Supporters gathered at around 4 p.m. outside the party’s main headquarters near Martyrs’ Square where demonstrators rallied under the banner of “Lebanon is Not a Dump” as they waved Lebanese and Kataeb flags. An empty chair was also placed in the middle of the road outside the building with a sign reading “Elect a president before the post merely becomes a symbol,” in reference to the ongoing 21-month presidential vacuum.…

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Fears over Closure of Karantina Dumpster Threaten Capital

Lebanon's capital will likely once again witness the piling of garbage on its streets if a substitute for the Karantina dumpster, which reached its maximum capacity, is not found, al-Akhbar daily reported on Tuesday. February 24 is the deadline when the waste contractor for Greater Beirut and Mount Lebanon Sukleen will stop removing the trash from the streets after the disposal ground began to run out of space, as per Sukleen officials.  The company said that two weeks ago it has sent a letter to Governor of Beirut Ziad Shbib informing him that the location which receives the waste of…

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Majdalyoun Municipality penalized for burning trash

Health Ministry inspectors Monday issued a penalty against a municipality in south Lebanon for burning garbage and endangering public health. “A penalty has been issued against the Majdalyoun Municipality after it was revealed that trash was being collected and burned regularly near residential areas, causing health hazards to citizens and pollution,” a statement issued by the ministry said. Majdalyoun’s Mayor Boutros Saliba denied in a statement later in the day the municipality’s involvement in the trash burning. “The Majdalyoun Municipality categorically denies undertaking such actions, because it is against the burning of trash ... its trash is collected everyday by…

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