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    Sun., March 02, 2008 Haaretz Gov t admits: Building debris still dumped in W. Bank By Zafrir Rinat http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/959626.html The
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      Sun., March 02, 2008 Haaretz
      Gov't admits: Building debris still dumped in W. Bank
      By Zafrir Rinat
      http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/959626.html

      The smuggling of debris from construction sites in Israel to the West
      Bank continues unabated despite a law banning it, Environmental
      Protection Minister Gideon Ezra admitted Friday.

      During the past year, there has been an increase in such smuggling to
      unauthorized dumping sites in the West Bank, in order to avoid the
      expense of disposing the debris at regulated dumps inside Israel. Only
      15 percent of construction debris produced in Israel is dumped at
      authorized sites.

      Two months ago, the law was amended to permit soldiers to check trucks
      crossing roadblocks from Israel into the West Bank. Drivers carrying
      waste but lacking the proper permits may not cross into the West Bank.

      However, both the Environmental Protection Ministry and the Civil
      Administration in the West Bank admit they have been unable to stem the
      flow of illegal debris to dump sites beyond the Green Line.

      Legal dump operators in Israel recently told the authorities that the
      amended law is not being enforced. Due to the illegal dumping, they have
      been receiving less waste, they said, and this threatens their economic
      viability.

      The refuse includes materials that may cause significant environmental
      damage, such as glue, solvents and asbestos, which may filter into
      ground water supplies.
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