Caretaker Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan delivers a press conference on the pollution of the Litani River on Nov. 8, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati & Nohra)
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The government took action Thursday to shut down over 75 unlicensed factories for their role in polluting the Litani River, caretaker Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan said in a televised appearance. The state also issued warnings the same day to around 80 licensed factories for polluting the river. "Yesterday, the ministry took the decision to close 79 unlicensed factories that are polluting the Litani River," Hajj Hasan said.He added that initially 117 unlicensed factories were to be shuttered but 38 of them later applied for licenses and, as a result, were allowed to remain in operation.According to the minister, there are currently 261 licensed factories polluting the Litani River.
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