Israel passes forceful 'clean air' legislation

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

Israel's Knesset on Tuesday passed a new law imposing heavy regulations on polluting industries and setting penalties of up to two years in prison for both industrial and private violators.

Dubbed the "Clean Air Law," the bill will require some 150 Israeli factories considered to be the worst polluters in the country to obtain an expensive emission permit and to install the very best pollution-reducing technology. Smaller factories and industrial plants will also have to comply with new regulations.

On the roads, the law aims to eliminate use of vehicles that do not meet international standards on emissions output.

The law was widely accepted, even by industrial leaders, though officials in the Environmental Protection Ministry told Ha'aretz that a lack of manpower will make enforcing the new regulations difficult.

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