Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Israeli ministry orders Haifa ammonia tank shutdown

Israel's Environmental Protection Ministry said Wednesday it would not renew the license of an ammonia container in the northern city of Haifa, less than 10 days after a court ordered it be emptied. 

The container, which can hold 12,000 tonnes of the toxin, put the public "at a risk we cannot accept", it said in a statement. The issue was highlighted last year when Lebanon's Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said the ammonia container would be like "a nuclear bomb" if hit by his militant group's missiles. The ministry banned Haifa Chemicals from refilling the container as of March 1st. (Read More)