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In the interest of curbing residents' health problems, Naufal called for halting plans to expand the plant, set to receive at least 10 more power stations.Approximately 350,000 residents live in the areas surrounding the Zouk Mikael plant.It compared the survey results of 500 homes within 3 km of the plant to a control group of 500 homes further away, located 15 to 20 km from the plant.For example, 33 percent of those living close to the plant answered positively when asked if someone in the household had died from lung cancer. However, researchers and Zouk locals alike say that reliance on fuel oil comes with immense long-term costs in terms of health are expenses to the state, and the Lebanese public, due to the toxic effects of fuel oil.Those living near the plant say that their health won't wait for the government's inaction, and that solutions are long overdue.
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