Factory near Dead Sea 248.88.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday approved an environmental
law that will require factories to publicize their hazardous chemical
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But it also rejected two other green bills, a spokesman for MK
Dov Henin (Hadash) announced on Sunday evening.
The approved National
Registry Act, formulated by the Israel Union for Environmental Defense (Adam
Teva V’Din) and supported by Henin, as well as MKs Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz),
Eitan Cabel (Labor) and Amnon Cohen (Shas), will require the establishment of
databases that detail which substances are being discharged into the air and the
exact locations of these chemical emissions.
Such a system is currently
being used by 39 countries per OECD standards, according to a statement from the
Israel Union for Environmental Defense. The registries will be updated annually
according to rules set forth by the Environment Protection
“Residents of the State of Israel are suffering from
environmental hazards and health difficulties that are gushing from the release
of dangerous chemicals into the air, in the water and on the land,” said the
organization’s executive director, Amit Bracha.
“Registry of emissions
and the removal of dangerous chemicals will help reduce pollution in Israel and
will enable the advancement of sustainable policies, take into account
developmental and environmental needs and protect public health.”
other proposed laws would have promoted the right of students to study in
environments free of environmental hazards and would have amended the 1952
Petroleum Law to include more environmentally procedures. They were rejected in
the same meeting, Henin’s spokesman said.
“Maintaining the anachronistic
Petroleum Law reveals a serious error,” Henin said.
“We must guarantee
that crises like the one in the Gulf of Mexico will not occur in the
Mediterranean Sea,” he said.
“An oil spill in the Mediterranean would be
a tremendous environmental catastrophe, and Israel does not have the tools or
the knowledge to cope with a crisis like this. Unfortunately, Israel specializes
in the establishment of investigative committees following disasters, but fails
in terms of preventing them.”