Industry Ministry to Shut Down Factories Polluting Litani


Industry Minister Wael Abu Faour declared in a press conference on Tuesday that the ministry is going to shut down 14 factories located around the Litani river and basin for failing to comply with the ministry’s environmental instructions.

“Only 49 factories out of 63 have corrected their environmental violations. Those who failed to comply will be shut down temporarily until they correct their violations,” announced the minister.

“The violations located around the river are catastrophic and affect the plantings and surrounding areas,” he added, noting that violators will be given the chance to reopen their factories after correcting the violations.

“The Ministry has pledged earlier to reduce pollution in the River to zero,” said Abu Faour.

The Ministry of Industry had earlier set September as the deadline for factories located around the Litani River and basin to rectify their environmental violations.

The level of pollution has reportedly caused an unprecedented rise in cancer cases in the towns and villages surrounding the River.

Comments 3
Thumb s.o.s 23 July 2019, 13:25

The river may be contaminated but what about the air quality ? The fatmagul sultan and Orhan Bey ships are polluting far more.... you should see the satellite photos . It’s the most polluted area in the entire Mediterranean basin.

Thumb blablablablabla 24 July 2019, 14:05

You are already a pollution by yourself like all the Tripolitans throwing their wastes into Qadisha river (won't use the other islamic name)

Thumb canadianleb 23 July 2019, 16:44

It is a good start. Lebanon is very polluted and cancer is on the rise due to the cement factory, the unclean water, dumping and burning of garbage in open areas etc..The ministry needs to hold people, companies accountable as other countries due, hand heavy fines maybe that will have an impact. But we all know the ones that are connected will not be impacted...