Mimosa factory reopens, investigations still on track
BEIRUT: The Mimosa Sanitary Paper Company reopened Friday based on a judge’s decision after having been closed for allegedly polluting Zahle’s Berdawni River.
Representatives from the Industry and Environment ministries attended the reopening, and factory workers could be seen celebrating in TV news coverage.
In a televised news conference, Wissam al-Tannouri, who owns the Mimosa factory, expressed his gratitude for the judiciary’s decision.
“Mimosa reopened, and I wish to thank the judiciary ... which cleared our name from accusations,” Tannouri said.
Despite Tannouri’s comments, however, the case has in fact not been closed: A judicial source told The Daily Star that investigations will continue into Tannouri and the factory, and that Mimosa will be monitored for any environmental violations related to the river.
Now that the factory has reopened, experts will have access to it in order to assess the quality of the nearby surface water and local sewage networks.
The Litani River Authority has accused the Mimosa factory of dumping “improperly treated” industrial waste into the Berdawni, which is a tributary of the Litani River, resulting in its discoloration. The factory was shut down in December because of the allegation, and Tannouri was detained for nearly two weeks. He was released last month after an appeal from the river authority to keep him in jail was rejected. –