Ministry launches bill on oil spills

13.03.2012                      19.Adar. 5772

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Ministry launches bill on oil spills

Bill will regulate preparedness and response routines for coping with marine and beach-side oil spills.

The Environmental Protection Ministry issued a bill on Monday to regulate preparedness and response routines for coping with marine and beach-side oil spills.
If passed, the bill would obligate all authorities that have stretches of beach or sea within their jurisdictions – such as local authorities, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, ports, factories, security installations and oil and gas exploration and extraction stations – to prepare plans for handling incidents of sea and coastal contamination by oil, as well as provisions for coping with the aftermath of such events. A relevant body that fails to organize such a system and neglects to take action in a timely manner after such a spill will be subject to fines of up to NIS 452,000 or a year of imprisonment for site administrators, the ministry said….