“National Bloc": Thermal Disintegration Factories Are Poison to Citizens with Widespread Corruption and Lack of Control

The “Lebanese National Bloc Party” insisted that including thermal disintegration factories in the plan to address the waste crisis raises a number of questions to the Minister of Environment Fadi Jreissati and to the whole of government, as to the ability of the public administration to monitor and account the operations to preserve the safety of citizens from the poisons. The Party noted that while the executive authority acknowledged the spread of corruption in the public sector and the persistence of environmental scandals, isn’t the cabinet convinced that it should provide a high level of surveillance before turning to such solutions?

In a statement, the Party raised a series of questions at the disposal of the government and the minister of environment, calling for the need to take the initiative to stop corruption for which the ruling "parties - sects" are responsible. The Party asked: can the Lebanese people be assured to this level of control, while the government cuts all oversight bodies’ budgets in the 2019 budget?

In a related context, the Party also asked, has the government prepared a study on the impact of the establishment of incinerators on unemployment in Lebanon? The Party stressed that if the government applied at the national level in municipalities or municipalities union the successful model of sorting centers in a number of villages, it would have resulted in the provision of thousands of jobs; the exact opposite is in the case of thermal disintegration factories.

The Party deemed surprising that the decisions of the Council of Ministers lie in the demand from the "Amal Movement" and "Hezbollah" to seek the opinion of citizens in the southern suburbs of Beirut about the location of the factory to be established in this region, asking: Does the Ministry of Environment lacks the possibilities to conduct a survey on the opinion of the citizens in that area? Are the people of the southern suburbs of Beirut suffering from garbage differently than the rest of the citizens? Do they have to bear what others cannot in other areas or vice versa?

The Party concluded its statement by asking is not those actions that perpetuate sectarian separation for clientelism reasons another attempt to undermine the logic of citizenship unified in rights and duties?


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