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Contaminated sites

 

WHY WE WORK ON CONTAMINATED SITES


Israel needs a legislative framework for remediation of industrial contaminated sites.

 

For over 50 years, Israel Military Industries (IMI) has polluted the soil and groundwater of numerous sites throughout the country with toxic waste from the manufacture of military hardware & munitions. These sites are now prime real estate hubs in Israel’s favored central region.

 

Our position is that Israel must have a comprehensive law, similar to the U.S. Superfund and E.U. Brownfields directives. Such a framework is the only effective and responsible means to guarantee that land will be released for development only after a thorough remediation process.

 

Without a remediation framework, there is a mounting danger that Israeli families will soon be buying homes and sending their children to schools on sites where soil and groundwater contain known carcinogens, such as trichloroethene and benzene.

 

A government bill on remediation has been stuck in the Knesset for the past two years because the current Minister of Environmental Protection is taking no steps to move it forward.

 

Meanwhile, planning authorities are continuing to promote new development plans on these contaminated sites, including on Taas HaSharon on the border of Ramat HaSharon and Herzliya.

 

VOICES FROM THE FIELD

 

“As soon as we the recognized the overwhelming challenges we were up against, we turned to Adam Teva V’Din to help bring about the clean-up of the 22,000 acre contaminated site in our neighborhood.

We found professional partners who understood the gravity of the situation, sympathized with our plight and dedicated themselves to finding long-term solutions. Without their guidance we would never have made the progress we’ve made today.”- Roni Rom

Roni Rom (left), Chairman of Achla Ramat Hasharon, with Adam Teva V’Din staff at Taas Hasharon site.

Achla is a community activist organization calling for the clean-up of Taas HaSharon, a former IMI site in their neighborhood.

 

Adam Teva V’Din is playing a vital role as environmental watchdog and is continuing to pressure the government to authorize the bill.

 

Although the issue of contaminated sites has been a grave environmental, health and economic concern for many years, we are now confronting new obstacles which will authorize the premature and reckless release of this polluted land for redevelopment:


 

 

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