Doron Avrahami, who heads the environmental administration in the Economics Ministry, told the Knesset Interior and Environmental Protection Committee, Sunday, that his office is working hard with the Environmental Protection Ministry to prepare a contract bid for building a factory to produce ammonia from natural gas in southern Israel, away from population centers. Following a tour of the ammonia storage tank in Haifa, the committee discussed earthquakes and attacks, and was told by representatives of Haifa Chemicals that they have developed a way to trap escaping gas from leaks in short order, and that they are working government agencies to address all scenarios, adding they would be glad if the franchise for importing the gas was given to the government.
Committee members agreed, pending establishment of the storage facility in the south, that all facilities for the storage of ammonia and other hazardous materials must be protected as best as possible in order for the safety and health of the people living nearby. They added that hazardous materials should not be stored in population centers. The government will update the committee in three weeks toward the building of the ammonia facility in the south. A subcommittee will hold a closed-door meeting to hear from security officials about the specific threats associated with rocket attacks.