'Haifa refineries pose risk as serious as nuke explosion'

November 24, 2010 12:24


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Gas refineries in Haifa pose a risk as serious as a nuclear explosion said Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer on Wednesday.

Speaking at a gathering in Herzilya, Ben-Eliezer said he has been warning of the dangers in the area for years and that he "hopes that with time a careful evacuation of the area will occur."

Ben-Eliezer added that safety inspectors from his office investigated Tuesday's accident, which killed three and injured five.

"If I see that the area continues to pose a risk, I will bring about its closure."

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