Israeli officials have said no to any further use of asbestos when it comes to construction in the country.
According to the Jerusalem Post, the Knesset Internal Affairs and Environment Committee recently approved the Asbestos Bill. The bill is expected to pass through the rest of the legislative process without trouble and go into effect come August. (WCxKit)
The bill would make it illegal to use asbestos in any form in Israel and would mandate the removal of present asbestos over the next decade, given asbestos fibers are a known carcinogenic.
A part of the bill deals specifically with the western Galilee, where the Eitanit factory produced asbestos for decades until its closing in 1997, and where fibers were used as part of construction in everything from homes to playgrounds. The company will pay half of the 300 million Israeli New Shekel expense for cleaning up the area.
Once the law becomes effective, violators can face fines up to 800,000 Israeli New Shekel, according to the criminal code.
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