Yacoubian speaks during a news conference in Beirut, Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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As the Beirut Municipality moves forward with plans to install incinerators, residents and civil society push back, remaining steadfast in voicing their opposition.Yacoubian and the group of local experts protested against the incinerators, vocalizing the possible damage they would inflict on Lebanon.Free Patriotic Movement MP Chamel Roukoz and Lebanese Forces MP Jean Talouzian also attended Tuesday's event, signing a petition against the incinerators, despite their party's pro-energy-to-waste stance. Environmental activists and local waste-management experts have long argued that incinerators would not be a good fit for Lebanon.In 2017, Beirut Madinati requested that the capital's municipality present a strategic environmental impact assessment of the incinerators, including their managerial and economic feasibility.According to Haddad, Itani is ready to participate in a televised "scientific debate" covering how sorting waste at the source, and then the facility, will ensure proper and controlled incineration."This is purely a scientific subject that should only be tackled [as such]," Haddad said. A "political" debate on the incinerator, however, will not be welcome, he said.
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