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Why Putting High-Voltage Power Lines Back on Table?

The Cabinet approval of compensation for citizens affected by high-voltage power line installation in some of Lebanon's Metn areas, has direct repercussions, the environmental advisor Mazen Abboud said.

 

"It opens doors, on one hand, to new claims for compensations in other Lebanese regions; a step that would heavily weigh on the government treasury."

This decision proves, on the other, that the government clearly and directly recognizes the damages sustained by such a move, he explained.

 

 

The installation of high-voltage power lines has recently been approved by the Lebanese Cabinet. The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources defended such a decision arguing that the World Health Organization (WHO) and many experts guaranteed that high-voltage power lines would not negatively affect citizens’ health.

 

 

Abboud however, asks the government to put this file back on the table to study solutions that ensure a low impact on public health, particularly reduce harmful electromagnetic effects.

He mentioned particular difficulties in dealing with this file, “which has been politicized for years.”

 

Expressing fears about the increased use of environmental themes for “political stone-throwing” during election time, he noticed that many players will get their fingers burnt by this decision, which in turn, hinders the progress of the environmental process to a large extent.

 

 

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