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Israel asked to help clean up coastal oil spill near Beirut. ; 'Pollutants could remain in water for a century'
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Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Date: Aug 14, 2006
Start Page: 07
Section: News
Abstract (Document Summary)

Lebanon's Mediterranean coast is facing a crisis of its own as oil from a spill a month ago continues to contaminate the water. The spill started when an explosion at the Jiweh power plant south of Beirut released 15,000- 30,000 tons of heavy fuel oil into the sea.

While the water currents are carrying the pollutants north and away from Israel, the United National Environment Program- Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP-MAP) has called on member states to aid the clean-up effort and Israel has answered. The cleanup was to have begun on Sunday but this was moved to Tuesday with hopes that a cease-fire would be in place by then.

UNEP-MAP had sent an expert to Syria from one of its regional activity centers, the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre (REMPEC), because of the difficulty in entering Lebanon. [Luis Colasimone] said the organization needed to retrieve samples of the oil from the sea and from rocks to be able to better plan a cleanup.

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