National program to prevent air pollution approved Jerusalem Post “Air pollution harms all of us, and in order to provide immediate protection to every citizen, I was instructed upon entering my position to immediately promote the the national...
Now that the plans – more than a year and a half overdue – have received government authorization, the ministry will already be implementing some elements in as early as the coming weeks, such as a vehiclescrapping protocol and an overhaul of the quarry rehabilitation program, the ministry said.
By enforcing such measures to improve air quality, the ministry estimated that the number of deaths in Israel can be reduced by about 700 annually.
“Air pollution harms all of us, and in order to provide immediate protection to every citizen, I was instructed upon entering my position to immediately promote the the national program to prevent air pollution,” Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz said. “Particularly at this time of reductions and cuts, the launch of the program testifies to the importance that we attach to supplying the public with breathable air.”
The Clean Air Law, which passed in the Knesset in 2008, mandated that the government must approve a national plan to prevent air pollution by January 1, 2012.
Although the ministry, along with the environmental advocacy group Adam Teva V’Din (Israel Union for Environmental Defense), had long ago prepared a comprehensive program, the government failed to bring it to the table until now. The delay was caused largely by a series of budget cuts imposed by the Treasury, the ministry explained.