The Ministry of Environmental Protection has regulatory authority for Israel’s Hazardous Substances Law, yet it has yet to lead on the eradication of PFAS chemical compounds found in Israel’s drinking water, and in commercial products related to fire fighting.
PFAS are widespread and persistent
There is evidence that PFAS are found in water, air, fish, and soil, as well as in food products. PFAS compounds break down very slowly. Globally, governments are introducing strategies to reduce PFAS in the environment, Israeli authorities have failed to implement a strategy to reduce PFAS.
Start phasing out PFAS immediately
Adam Teva V’Din is demanding the Ministry take leadership without further delay on two courses of action : 1. Implement the Stockholm Convention on limiting proliferation of chemical substances; and
2. Adopt a strategy for reducing PFAS compounds through stringent regulation, as applied to all industrial chemicals.
We have conveyed our concerns to the Ministry of Environment in an effort to accelerate the elimination of PFAS, and will be presenting our demands to the incoming Minister when the next government convenes in later in 2022.