'Israeli EPA head may have committed crimes to help Haifa ammonia co.'

July 18, 2017 18:36
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Environmental Ministry Director-General Yisrael Danziger may have committed crimes in trying to help the Haifa Chemicals Corporation in the controversy over shutting down its major Haifa ammonia facility, the State Comptroller notified the Attorney-General on Tuesday.

State Comptroller Joseph Shapira said that Danziger allegedly had not followed rules of a conflict of interest arrangement which had been set for him regarding the issue and that other officials may also be involved.Shapira explained that the Environmental Ministry's policy regarding shutting down the ammonia facility and its evaluation of the facts had flipped too suddenly and too wildly, raising suspicion that it was under criminal influence of Haifa Chemicals.

He added that some facts stated about the ministry also appeared to be inaccurate or blatantly unconfirmed.

"Based on this, there are suspicions of improper factors influencing the actions of some of the professional state officials responsible for the issue and even a suspicion of violating" criminal laws.

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