J'lem municipality set to step up environmental enforcement

December 28, 2010 20:25

The Jerusalem municipality intends to step up their enforcement of environmental laws, if the Environmental Enforcement Law is adopted as expected at the city council meeting on Thursday.

Among other things, the law will significantly raise fines for individuals and companies found to be illegally dumping waste, and enables the city's environmental inspectors to detain offenders until the arrival of a police officer. Forty municipal inspectors will receive additional environmental inspection training if the law is adopted into the municipality's by-laws at the meeting. In addition to much higher fines, the new law would also allow convicted offenders to be served with prison sentences for environmental offenses. Previously, the highest fine for an environmental offense was NIS 3,600. Under the new law, an individual found dumping construction waste in a public place could be fined up to NIS 202,000, or a one-year prison sentence.

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