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No toxic substances present in air around Beirut port silos: environment minister


No toxic substances present in air around Beirut port silos: environment minister

Smoke rises from the a newly collapsed part of the Beirut grain silos damaged during August 2020 blast as Lebanon marks the two-year anniversary of the explosion on Aug. 4, 2022. (Credit: Issam Abdallah/Reuters)

BEIRUT — Scientific examinations carried out by the Lebanese authorities show that no toxic substances are present in the air around the silos area of ​​the Port of Beirut, caretaker Environment Minister Nasser Yassin announced Wednesday, the state-run National News Agency reported.

Here’s what we know:

    • The silos, which were heavily damaged in the Aug. 4, 2020 port explosion, recently suffered two partial collapses in less than a week — the first on July 31 and four silos collapsed on the second anniversary of the blast.

    • Prior to the collapse, a series of fires had broken out in the silos in recent weeks, further undermining the structures already weakened by the blast.

    • The emanation of very strong pestilential odors was noted last month by several residents, who expressed fears for their health.

    • “The tests carried out last night in several places show, at the precise moment of these tests, that the air is free of any toxic substance,” assured Yassin.

    • Scientific experts are carrying out examinations of the silos in coordination with the Lebanese Army, Yassin said. 


BEIRUT — Scientific examinations carried out by the Lebanese authorities show that no toxic substances are present in the air around the silos area of ​​the Port of Beirut, caretaker Environment Minister Nasser Yassin announced Wednesday, the state-run National News Agency reported.Here’s what we know:    • The silos, which were heavily damaged in the Aug. 4, 2020 port...