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  4/18/2013, Iyar 8, 5773

Interior Committee to Discuss Ammonia Safety Tuesday

Chairwoman Miri Regev of the Knesset Interior and Environmental Protection Committee decided, Thursday, to hold an urgent discussion, Tuesday on the danger of ammonia tanks located near population centers. The hearing was prompted by Wednesday evening's explosion of ammonia tanks in Waco, Texas, which has resulted in deaths and injuries to scores of people.

The purpose of the hearing is to get a picture of the state's preparedness to deal with a similar situation, as well as government and private solutions and alternatives. Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz vowed, Thursday, to move the massive Haifa ammonia reservoir away from population centers.