"As If You're Inhaling your Death"

"As If You're Inhaling your Death"

The Health Risks of Burning Waste in Lebanon

Book - 2017
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Recommendations -- Methodology -- I. Background -- II. The effects of open burning -- III. Authorities' response -- IV. Steps forward -- V. Legal standards -- Acknowledgments -- Annex I. Response from Ministry of Public Health -- Annex II. Response from Civil Defense.
Open burning of waste is a dangerous and avoidable practice that takes place across Lebanon. Because it risks causing a range of short and long-term health problems, it implicates the Lebanese government's legal obligations to protect the health of its citizens. In Lebanon, open burning is a consequence of the government's failure to manage solid waste in a way that respects environmental and health laws designed to protect people. Children and older persons are at particular risk. Open burning of waste occurs when existing waste management plans break down, such as occurred in Beirut and surrounding Mount Lebanon during a 2015 waste management crisis that saw garbage piling up in the streets. But it is also the result of the central government's prioritization of waste collection and disposal in Beirut and Mount Lebanon, which produce just half of Lebanon's municipal solid waste, while leaving other municipalities to fend for themselves without adequate financial support, technical expertise, and oversight.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Human Rights Watch, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781623135461
162313546X
Branch Call Number: 628.4457 K45a
Characteristics: 72 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Human Rights Watch (Organization)

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