Sarji accused the Jiyyeh Power Plant administration of being careless and irresponsible. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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The sea surrounding a coastal power plant in Lebanon is being polluted, according to a statement issued by the Professional Divers Union.The statement, released by union head Mohammad Sarji Tuesday, said a recent surge in pollution had come from the Jiyyeh power plant, south of Beirut, and accused those behind it of being "careless and irresponsible" about cleaning the plant's machinery and smoke pipes and allowing the runoff to enter the sea. "The sea and the shore were all covered in black," said Malaz al-Ali, 30, an employee at a local cement factory, while he stood on the litter-strewn Jiyyeh beach. He added that the waves had washed the sea and shore clean since Sunday. Locals interviewed near the power plant Wednesday said they first noticed the pollution Sunday, likening it to oil spills that once frequently plagued the coast in the area.
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