Preservation of the Environment in Judea and Samaria
Preservation of the Environment in Judea and Samaria

In 2012, the Environment Officer Unit at the Civil Administration performed a variety of activities in order to improve and preserve the environment in Judea and Samaria.

Date: 05.02.13     Author: Menachem Adoni

The Environment Officer Unit at the Civil Administration acted in the previous year for promotion of significant projects throughout Judea and Samaria in various fields, including establishment and improvement of water treatment facilities, waste removal and streams cleaning.

The main projects promoted included a project for connection of wastewater from Hirbat Abu Salaman to Kafr Kana Line (approx. 250 thousand NIS from the Civil Administration budget were invested); project for establishment of water treatment facility in Maale Efraim for treating the wastewater of the locality and the industrial zone; transportation of the Samaritans Neighborhood wastewater to treatment at Bet El water treatment facility; and project for transportation of the A-Zayim Village wastewater to treatment at Nabbi Musa water treatment facility (with total participation by the Civil Administration of approx. 4 million NIS).

Also, a project was performed for removal of waste on roadsides and removal and rehabilitation of non-active illegal dumps (investment of approx. 600 thousand NIS), project for cleaning streams of waste (approx. 460 thousand NIS), project for eradication of pests throughout Judea and Samaria (approx. 700 thousand from the Civil Administration budget).

In the field of regulation of waste removal – over 1400 permits were issued for passage to Judea and Samaria for more than 50,000 trucks.  In the field of hazardous materials – permits for approx. 7,700 applications were issued (approx. 82,000 tons of hazardous materials) – increase of approx. 50% in relation to 2011.  Also, approx. 300 permits were issued for entrance of dual use materials for agriculture.  In the public field, full solution was provided for approx. 200 public enquiries, including immediate response to various environmental hazards during the year.

Towards 2013, the Environment Officer Unit plans to turn waste from “hazard to resource”, to treat waste, to promote environmental planning, environmental enforcement, environmental regulation of industrial zones and environmental regulation of quarries.

“We will provide advanced regional solutions for treatment of all waste formed at Judea and Samaria”, noted Environment Officer, Mr. Benny Elbaz.  “We will dos this by adjusting the type of solution to the needs and capabilities of the population, and by closing and rehabilitating all illegal waste sites”.  Mr. Elbaz added that “we will provide advanced local and regional solutions for treatment of all waste formed in Judea and Samaria according to standards practiced in Israel, while increasing the scope of treated water for agricultural use and preventing pollution of soil, streams and aquifers by wastewater not properly treated”.

“I wish to thank for Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Gen. Eitan Dangot, for his aid and great personal contribution to promotion of environmental projects in Judea and Samaria and Gaza and for his involvement and full support for the Unit’s activity”, concluded Elbaz.