Nablus is not Spared by Dumping - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Walid
    • 17.10.07 | 13:57 (IST)

    The Barqan industrial zone is located in the Nablus district and occupies an area of 150 dunums. It hosts approximately 80 industrial factories of different industries such as aluminum, fiberglass, plastic, electroplating and military industries. There are three aluminum factories, and several plastic factories. These industries produce large quantities of hazardous liquid and solid wastes. Industrial wastewater generated from Barqan industrial zone flows into the nearby wadi and pollutes the agricultural lands which belong to three Palestinian villages; Sarta, Kafr ed Deik and Bruqin, in the Nablus district. It is estimated that this industrial zone generates approximately 810 thousand cubic meters of industrial wastewater annually. In 1991 and 1992, the Jewish Regional Council (Shomron) conducted a study to evaluate the composition of the generated waste. The study showed that the generated waste was not meeting standards and contatoxic and hazardous chemicals. The director of the industrial zone was informed about the results, but did not stop this disaster. The wastewater had been previously collected in three storage tanks. Due to a design failure, these tanks are currently overloaded with mud and not in operation. Therefore, the industrial wastewater flows untreated to the nearby wadi. There are two wastewater streams generated from the Barqan industrial zone. The first is flowing to Wadi Rabah and damages the agricultural land of the nearby villages. The other flows towards Wadi Qana. It has been observed that the wastewater continues to flow as shown in the Landsat Satellite Image. As stated in the Al-Quds Newspaper no 9915 of April 2nd, 1997, hundreds of cows and sheep drink from the Barqan industrial zone wastewater stream and eat the polluted nearby plants. Their dairy products are marketed in the cities of Nablus and Salfeet. People living near the northern entrance of Bruqin village are also vulnerable to the wastewater stream which flow through this area.

    from the article: Study: Israel is biggest polluter in eastern Mediterranean
    First published 00:00 17.10.07 | Last updated 00:00 17.10.07
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