Cabinet quashes plan to rehabilitate Dead Sea

21.11.2011                      24.Cheschwan. 5772

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Cabinet quashes plan to rehabilitate Dead Sea

Instead, it approves salt harvest measures and increase in Dead Sea Works royalties.

Barely a week after the Dead Sea failed to make the list of winners in the New 7 Wonders competition, the cabinet rejected a bill that would provide for its rehabilitation and protection in an 8-7 vote on Sunday.
“The government has chosen to stand on the sides of the factories and has failed in safeguarding the Dead Sea,” said Amit Bracha, director of the Israel Union for Environmental Defense (Adam Teva V’Din), whose group was responsible for drafting the bill.
Though written by members of Adam Teva V’Din, the bill in question had originally been submitted to the Knesset by MK Dov Henin (Hadash), who called the proposed plan “historic” and gathered the official support of Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan, Tourism Minister Stas Meseznikov and 11 other Knesset members. Among the main principles of the bill were provisions to preserve the Dead Sea and its surrounding natural resources, maintain the waters for future generations, curb plunging water levels in the northern region of the sea and create a new management system that would provide for reasonable amounts of mineral extraction while protecting biodiversity, according to its text….