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The Defense Ministry published a new Web site Sunday that will give the public an inside look into the ongoing development of the IDF base town at the Negev Junction.
The Web site, www.negev.mod.gov.il, allows users to track the environmental conservation efforts under way at the new complex and monitor air quality in the surrounding region. Visitors can learn about the IDF training facilities to be relocated in the South and read about the IDF's plans for the social and economic reinvigoration of the Negev.
The ministry says the push to publicize the role of green awareness at the site of the new camp, such as the use of solar energy and building environmentally-friendly facilities, comes at a time when the ministry is giving ecological concerns a higher priority.
"We're not building new bases every day, so now, in 2007 we're giving the environmental concerns a bigger place than they used to have because it's something that you can see everywhere," said department spokesperson Ma'ayan Malkin.
Protests have surrounded plans for the new base town from the onset, with critics contending that pollutants from the nearby Ramat Hovav industrial and hazardous waste site will present a danger to anyone stationed in the area.
Malkin said that while the new Web site will address green issues, it will not confront the environmental concerns stemming from the base town's proposed location.
"The purpose (of the Web site) is to give as much information as possible to the public about this project," Malkin said. "Hopefully we can put up news all the time because this (project) is a process."
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