Sukleen workers sweep streets in Beirut, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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Mount Lebanon residents blocked access to some of the region's quarries Wednesday evening after news emerged that a ministerial committee was looking at dumping the waste on top of one of the country's richest aquifers.The committee, headed by Prime Minister Tammam Salam, adjourned without agreeing on a lasting solution to capital region's trash crisis. The committee, headed by premier Tammam Salam and comprised of eight ministers from various political parties, will meet again Thursday.News sources reported that the committee considered opening dumps in Ain Dara and Daher al-Baidar in Mount Lebanon, and Sibline near Jiyyeh. The mayor of Ain Dara vowed to block any attempts to bring waste to the spent quarries nearby.As an alternative, the scientist suggested contractors could open a sanitary landfill in a spent Sibline quarry within three months.Neither reopening Naameh nor opening Sibline will be politically easy.The dump, which was supposed to be temporary, remained open for 17 years and received over 15 million tons of waste, many times more than its intended 2-million-ton capacity.
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