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Cabinet appoints high-level committee to rule on future of Haifa Bay area

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The cabinet on Sunday appointed a committee of top officials to examine the future of Haifa Bay, long home to some of the country’s worst polluting petrochemicals and heavy industries.

The move was pushed by Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel, with the support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and is expected to have far-reaching consequences for the development of the metropolitan area surrounding Haifa and for Israel’s future energy policy.

The committee will look at the future of the northern area in general and of its heavy industry in particular, publishing the main points of its report for public comment before submitting a final version to the government. It has 90 days to report back.

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According to an Environment Ministry statement, the committee will examine issues including the pollution effects of the heavy industries, the employment and investment needs of the region, and housing and urban development. It will also examine Israel’s energy infrastructure. Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel and Carmel Beach Regional........

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