Election billboards in Jounieh, Friday, April 13, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Caretaker Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil and Kesrouan's MPs responded Saturday to a recent Greenpeace report that found Jounieh to be the fifth-most polluted city in the Arab world, and within the top 25 most polluted cities globally.The Kesrouan MPs generally pinned the blame on a number of power plants in Kesrouan's Zouk Mikael, as well as on the heavily congested north–south highway that passes through the area.MP Chamel Roukoz proposed that the pollution could be decreased by switching the fuel currently used by the power plants to natural gas, a far cleaner alternative. He added that a planned highway expansion project through Kesrouan would help solve the vehicle pollution problem.
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