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Health Minister Wael Abu Faour Tuesday referred scores of town councils and local businesses, including hospitals and restaurants, to prosecutors over allegations of contributing to pollution of the Litani River that bisects Lebanon.In western Bekaa, two town councils and 11 dairy factories, farms and assorted businesses are listed as polluting the Litani River.Last week, a ministerial committee decided to suspend work at all licensed and unlicensed sand quarries near the Litani River, until the damage they have caused is rectified.On July 15, Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk announced that the World Bank Board of Directors had approved a $55 million loan to clean up the Litani and the Qaraoun Lake.
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