Erdan requests PM reopen discussion on Ashkelon power plant

Erdan requests PM to reo

Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) requested of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu last week that he order the government to discuss the decision to build a new coal-fired power plant in Ashkelon again, the ministry said Thursday. Erdan asked that the discussion be re-opened at the cabinet level instead of at the national infrastructures planning committee since many factors had changed since the government took the decision in 2002. The minister cited increased information about pollution levels from such plants and their costs, international agreements to reduce emissions Israel has signed, clean coal technology becoming available by 2020, the natural gas deposits found off Israel's coast and the Israel Electric Corporation's newfound experience with natural gas turbines as some of the factors which were not discussed in 2002.