Beit Mery residents protest the establishment of waste treatment center in La Martine valley, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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A dozen residents – several meeting for the first time – gathered at a home in Beit Mery. Their purpose: Stop a $40 million waste treatment plant planned for the picturesque Lamartine Valley.The "action group," as one person called it, has collected close to 1,000 signatures protesting the project. Is it worth it to meet with Roy Abou Chedid, the town's mayor?Ghassan Moukheiber, a Beit Mery resident and former MP, believes he has multiple technical reasons to stop the facility, which is envisioned to treat 400 tons of solid waste every day.Moukheiber chairs a 14-member committee of experts and opponents of the project, including Hikmat Dib, an MP for neighboring Baabda with the Free Patriotic Movement. Moukheiber opposes the project for five principal reasons.Third, Moukheiber sees problems with the technologies themselves and the contractor's ability to manage them.Indeed, Bioener Beit Mery is a very new company – it was registered on May 9, 2018, according to the state's Commercial Register. Asly owns 76 percent of the company, while another 20 percent is owned by Bioener SpA, an Italian firm.Beit Mery's mayor was interested, and Asly began working on the proposal.
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