Beirut, 24 August 2012 - Greenpeace Lebanon warned Thursday that there are hundreds of dangerous chemicals in the waters off the country, which pose dangers to people and the environment.
A total of 30 samples were collected for the study and the environmental watchdog’s new report shows that the pollution is highest in Beirut, Tripoli and Sidon.
Rayan Makarem, a campaigner for the non-governmental organization, presented the report, entitled “Lebanon’s Toxic Coast: an overview of threats, problems and solutions,” and emphasized that the responsibility for combating this problem lies with both the public and private sectors.
“The situation, as it stands, is very dangerous,” Makarem said, adding that Lebanon’s waters must be protected. He called for a comprehensive law on waste management in the country, rather than just a series of emergency laws.
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