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Port of Haifa

The Environmental Protection Agency has fined the port of Haifa nearly NIS 2.2 billion (NIS 2,196,480, or $ 570,030) over its failure to prevent air pollution.

The fine included charges aimed at its dock workers who were unloading the cargo in a way that could create dust pollution.

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Port authorities also failed to install equipment intended to monitor dust pollution levels, according to the Hebrew-language Ynet site. Nor did the port management carry out inspections for dust pollution levels in accordance with the ministry’s instructions.

However, the ministry has reduced the fine by 40 percent because it said the port took action to reduce the damage, and has acted to prevent the same issues from happening again.

According to a report published by the Environmental Protection Agency in January 2016, air quality in the area around Haifa Bay had improved by 11 percent in the northern coastal city, and by 65 percent since 2009.

At that time, a new action plan for the region was announced that said 77 percent of the biggest Haifa Bay factories were mandated to comply with stricter emissions controls.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.