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Chemical emissions registry

   

WHY WE WORK ON CHEMICAL EMISSIONS


Israel needs a comprehensive and accessible database of hazardous chemical emissions from all sectors.

 

Without a comprehensive registry of chemical emissions, no government can competently manage and restrict polluting industries; health authorities cannot efficiently monitor and reduce toxic-related illnesses and morbidity and the public cannot demand necessary protective safeguards to shield them from avoidable chemical exposure.

 

At long last, Israel now has an equivalent to the Toxic Release Inventory.

 

The Pollutant Release & Transfer Law (PRTR 2012), co-authored and promoted by Adam Teva V’Din, compels industries and other sectors to report on the quantities and types of specific pollutants released to the environment.

 

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

 

The PRTR law is a revolution in how Israel oversees the release of chemicals. 

 

In accordance with the law, the very first inventory of chemical emissions to the air, water and soil was published via a designated government website on December 1 2013. This is the first time that data of this nature is open and accessible to the general public.

 

“As an atmospheric scientist and the chief scientist behind the Clean Air Act (2008), I know that having this crucial data at our disposal is major advancement and a step in the right direction.

 

But, I also know that the first two years of implementation of a law is a question of make it or break it. That’s why we have to remain vigilant so that the PRTR law is not watered down in any way.”

    

- Arye Vanger, PhD
Environmental scientist

 

It is also a vital instrument for change which will form the basis of future policy decisions and standards.

 

Our role of watchdog is vital to ensure that the PRTR law is fully implemented and fulfills its potential to protect human health and the environment.

 

We are publishing a series of information sheets to help the public understand how these harmful substances affect their health.

 

We are now drafting crucial amendments to the current version of law to rectify inadequacies and weaknesses which we identified in our evaluation and analysis of the initial data.

 

 

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