Protesters block the road to the Naamed landfill, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt vowed Thursday to close the controversial Naameh landfill by 2015, as he urged protesters to end the blockade around Lebanon's largest waste dump.Speaking at a joint session Thursday with the Committees of Public Works, Transportation, Energy, Water and Environment, MP Akram Shehayeb called for the appointment of a reliable environment and health consultant to perform a complete study on the impact of the landfill on public health.At the joint committee session, Future MP Mohammad Qabbani voiced support for the residents of the affected areas and called for the closure of the landfill by next year.The Lebanese Environment Movement also released a statement calling for the closure of the landfill by Jan. 17, 2015, and saying that the issue was not being taken seriously enough.
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