JERUSALEM Feb 12 An Israeli court on Sunday
ordered Haifa Chemicals to shut down the country's largest
ammonia tank, which has been a point of contention for years,
with residents and environmental groups warning it is a major
The colossal, circular vat is located in the northern port
of Haifa, Israel's third largest city, and can hold 12,000 tons
of ammonia, which is used in products like fertilizer and
The government, looking to remove hazardous materials from
the heavily populated area, has for more than a decade been
looking for alternatives to the Haifa plant, including building
a new one in the middle of the desert. It has made little
The Haifa court stepped in on Sunday, ruling that the tank
be shut down and emptied within 10 days, according to a
statement by the Haifa municipality which brought the case
against the plant two weeks ago.
A spokesman for Haifa Chemicals said the "company will
honour the court's decision", declining to comment on how it
would impact business, the broader Israeli market or whether the
company would appeal.
Haifa Chemicals is owned by a U.S. holding company Trance
Resource Inc (TRI), which is controlled by Florida-based Trump
Group. This has no connection to U.S. President Donald Trump.
(Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Stephen Powell)