Gilad Erdan: 'IDF is biggest polluter in Israel'

June 30, 2009 11:23


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Environment Protection Minister Gilad Erdan said Tuesday morning that the IDF was the biggest polluter in the country and that it was not doing enough to address the environmental damage it was causing. Speaking to Israel Radio, Erdan said that more than 150 military bases were not connected to the sewage system and were contaminating streams and ground water. Erdan added that the IDF was making it difficult for ministry inspectors to access military bases for inspection purposes. Colonel Gila Califi-Amir, responsible for environment affairs in the IDF, said in response that the infrastructures in many bases were old and weak and that the IDF had invested NIS 60 million to repair damage in coordination with the Environment Protection Ministry.

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