Chemical emissions in the environment:
Outside the home our children are impacted by chemical emissions in their daily lives from both industrial and vehicular air pollution and from agricultural spraying of pesticides, etc.
Over the years, Adam Teva V’Din has confronted over half a dozen authorities who failed to take into account children’s heightened vulnerability to environmental pollutants.
Current Israeli law lacks a clear-cut definition of a safe and suitable learning environment as well as a single governmental body charged with overseeing the evaluation and implementation of health & safety conditions in educational facilities.
Last year, Israel adopted a Pollution Release & Transfer Registry similar to the USA's long-established Toxic Release Inventory.
The new law compels designated industries and the agriculture sector to report on the type and quantities of chemicals emitted. For the first time, Israel has an instrument that government, industries, local authorities and urban planners can use to reduce chemical emissions that may adversely affect human health.
But the first release of data indicates loopholes and weaknesses in the law that need to be urgently addressed if it is to succeed as a tool for protecting public health from chemical exposure. Similarly, implementation of the Clean Air Law of 2008 is being hampered due to budgetary cuts and lack of leadership by the Environment Minister.
The National Air Quality Plan – the law's mainstay policy and regulatory package for long-term reduction of air pollution from mobile (traffic) and stationary (businesses) sources – has been rendered almost impracticable due to cutbacks.
Many parents are increasingly concerned about their children's exposure to dangerous pesticides and herbicides sprayed near schools and kindergartens.
Chemical emissions registry
What's bugging the Israeli public at school?