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  2/27/2012, Adar 4, 5772

Bill: Buy from an Illegal Quarry? Jail or Fine!


The Knesset Economics Committee cleared for first reading, Monday, a bill providing a six-month jail sentence or a 75,000 shekel fine on a conviction for not first making sure that a quarry from which one is making a purchase is legal. The sponsor of the bill, Member of Knesset Uri Ariel (National Union), said illegal quarries have become rampant, causing irreversible damage to the landscape and the air people breathe.

MK Ariel said that the bill is intended to fight the phenomenon of illegal quarry owners in Israel who are sophisticated enough to avoid prosecution, despite the efficiency of regulators, and the operators of illegal quarries in the Palestinian Authority, where Israel cannot enforce laws regulating quarries. He added that he hoped to overcome reservations about the bill by the Quarries Association, which represents legal and regulated quarries.