Israel Chemicals to Shut Unit After Health Minister Rejects Mine

ICL says 8,200 jobs are at stake after Yael German concludes that the Sde Brir mine poses a hazard to nearby residents.

Israel Chemicals CEO Stefan Borgas ordered managers to plan a phased shutdown of the company’s Rotem Amfert unit on Thursday, hours after Health Minister Yael German recommended that all phosphate mining, even on a pilot basis, be banned at ICL’s Sde Brir mining site in the Negev.