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    • Walid
    • 17.10.07 | 13:50 (IST)

    It is reported that the Jewish government has moved a Jewish military camp from the Tulkarm area because Jewish soldiers have been affected by the fumes of these industries. Recently, 200 dunums of land were prepared in Mishor Adummim industrial zone for the purpose of moving aluminum and copper factories from the area of Giva'at Shaul in west Jerusalem. Also, an iron melting factory was built near Al-Nabi Elias Village on the main road from Qalqilya to Nablus. Most of the Jewish industries in the West Bank produce hazardous liquid and solid wastes. Hazardous wastes can be defined as wastes that pose a potential hazard to humans, plants or animals. These wastes can be in the form of sludge, liquid, gas or solid. The impact of industrial discharge depends not only on its collective characteristics such as biological oxygen demand (BOD) and suspended solids, but also on its content of specific inorganic substances. Generally, the accurate composition of industrial waste cannot be easily determined unless laboratory analysis is conducted, as its quality depends on the type of manufacturing process involved. Palestinian scientists face difficulties in collecting waste samples due to lack of access to the effluent source. Therefore, only estimates of the generated waste composition can be made, where the type of industry indicates the major constituents of the hazardous material in the waste. The generated industrial wastes contain toxic elements such as aluminum, chromium, lead, zinc and nickel. For example aluminum industry produces aluminum and acidic wastes. Electroplating produces nickel, chrome and acidic wastes. All of these inorganic substances are considered hazardous and negatively affect the health if accumulated in the body.

    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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