Environment Minister Tarek Khatib speaks from the Grand Serail, Friday, May 5, 2017. (The Daily Star/ Ahmad Azakir)
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Lebanon's caretaker environment minister told local media Sunday that the ministry has not received an environmental impact study for a plan to use waste incinerators in Beirut, stressing that without a study, such projects cannot be carried out.During an hourlong interview with TV station Al Jadeed, Tarek Khatib said that the Environment Ministry has yet to receive any document or plan from the Beirut Municipality concerning the incinerators, a project that has moved forward lately and faced backlash from residents and civil society groups. Khatib said a plan was never submitted to the ministry for the incinerators, though he noted that the ministry in 2010 agreed to implementing thermal integration, a modern technique the Beirut Municipality has previously called for.
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