Environmental group protests against cement plants in Lebanon

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Lebanon: Residents in Koura district has demanded that nearby cement plants be closed and cement exports banned due to health fears. George Costantine al-Itani, the environmental committee coordinator for Kfar Hazir issues a list of demands, according to the Daily Star newspaper. The group wants local cement plants in the area to move out of residential areas, close down unauthorised quarries and replace petcoke usage with natural gas. In the longer term the group wants the government to plant trees on cement company land and decrease the cost of local cement. Local company Cimenterie Nationale and Switzerland’s LafargeHolcim operate cement plants in the region.

Last modified on 18 April 2018

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