Salam before speaking at the Litani conference at UNESCO in Beirut, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Lebanon's polluted Litani River may only traverse 20 percent of the country, but it is the responsibility of all Lebanese, Prime Minister Tammam Salam said Friday at a conference announcing a national day for the polluted river.Friday's seminar announced the National Day for the Litani River, to be held on Oct. 23 .A World Bank report, published this summer, estimated that in 2010 that there was around 45 million cubic meters of waste water generated in the Bekaa Valley per year, much of which ends up being discharged into the Litani River untreated.It was the second type that Machnouk called on local municipalities to address, adding that there are 650 factories in the vicinity of the Litani in the Bekaa Valle,y, many of which do not have a proper license.
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