Company will pay for most of the salt-harvesting project that aims to protect hotels at the southern end of the Dead Sea from flooding, a project whose cost is estimated at NIS 3.8 billion.
Environmental group urges more studies to assessimpact of air quality on health.
Contractor begins work after environmental groups reject compromise by the Israel Lands Administration to quarry a smaller area of Samar dunes in the Arava.
Court adopts state position: no new Israeli-owned quarries should be established in the West Bank, but existing ones should be allowed to continue operating.
A tender issued by the Israel Lands Administration to mine the sand was recently won by a contractor.
Israel Union for Environmental Defense and the Movement for Quality Government calls for steps to bar Dead Sea Works from promoting projects that would likely worsen the impact of industrial activity on the sea.
Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel says these fish threaten springs' native crab, fish and amphibian populations, competing for food, eating eggs.
IAA announces discovery, during excavations near the Western Wall, of a rare clay seal that appears to have been used to authenticate the purity of ritual objects used in the Second Temple.
Committee's two major recommendations are a long-term plan to stop dumping, mainly in agricultural areas, and to cull the population of feral dogs by shooting them, although it notes that cleanup is more effective.
The Environmental Protection Ministry presented its program a few weeks ago, but the Finance Ministry said it opposes approving the program at this time and has not found money for it.