Chehayeb speaks with Machnouk during the conference in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Local officials agreed to a government proposal to briefly reopen Naameh landfill Friday, illuminating a path out of the trash crisis, but opposition from residents threatens to impede the plan. Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb and Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk have been canvassing officials across the country to shore up support for the plan, which would divert Beirut and Mount Lebanon trash to Naameh, Burj Hammoud, Akkar the Bekaa Valley and Sidon. The day's developments indicated local officials are warming up to the Cabinet plan, but support from civil society remains distant. The Union of Municipalities of the Mount Lebanon districts of Chahhar and al-Gharb al-Ala announced they would accept to briefly reopen Naameh. Chehayeb's plan, though, would have the grounds open for seven days to take the trash that has accumulated in the Mount Lebanon region over the summer.A similar scene unfolded at the BIEL exhibition Center in Downtown Beirut, where Chehayeb and Machnouk met with Akkar stakeholders about the proposal to bury Beirut trash in a sanitary landfill in Srar.About 100 people attended the hearing, which lasted for two and a half hours as the ministers answered the audience's questions.
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