Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz appealed a Ministerial Committee on Legislation decision on Sunday to reject a private bill that would mandate the creation of environmental units in every local authority. Despite the fact that the bill was private and did not come from his ministry, Peretz stressed that he supports the idea of establishing environmental units and activities in all communities. Dozens of local authorities still do not have an environmental unit, a situation that makes environmental protection difficult in their communities, the minister explained.
Issues of particular importance that are often addressed by environmental units include waste and odor management, hazardous material control, monitoring of radiation and business licensing, according to Peretz. “The establishment of environmental units in each local authority, under the law, would constitute an environmental revolution that would promote environmental subjects of utmost importance to citizens,” he said.