25.11.2011 28.Cheschwan. 5772
Red tape holding back the pumps as pollution flows into Ein Bokek reserve.
Bureaucratic delays that have dragged on for four years now are preventing the construction of an installation to pump contaminated water from the Rotem Plain area of the Negev. This means that pollution is spreading to groundwater and to Ein Bokek, one of the most important nature reserves in the region. This month the Israel Nature and Parks Authority reported that at the reserve a number of species of rare wild plants are disappearing, apparently because of the continuing pollution.
About 17 years ago industrial waste from factories in the Rotem Plain area leaked and contaminated the groundwater. Gradually the pollution in the subterranean groundwater spread eastward in the direction of the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea. A few years later the non-profit Israel Union for Environmental Defense (Adam, Teva V'Din ) led a legal battle against the Rotem Amfert and Dead Sea Periclase factories located in the Rotem Plain, which it claimed were causing the contamination….