10/03/2016
Paz Ashdod Oil Refinery Photo: Ilan Malester
Paz Ashdod Oil Refinery to be Fined Nearly NIS 20m
Paz Ashdod Oil Refinery
Photo: Ilan Malester
The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) has informed the Paz Ashdod Oil Refinery of its intention to impose upon the company financial sanctions of NIS 18,636,800. An investigation found that the company illegally discharged wastewater to the sea, among other environmental violations. The company has 30 days to submit a defense of its actions.

Paz Ashdod Oil Refinery Photo: Ilan Malester
Paz Ashdod Oil Refinery to be Fined Nearly NIS 20m
Paz Ashdod Oil Refinery
Photo: Ilan Malester
​The MoEP has been conducting a criminal investigation against Paz Ashdod Oil Refinery and its senior managers for three years. Suspicions against the company included exceeding discharge amounts allowed in its wastewater discharge permit, mishandling malfunctions discovered within its facilities, not reporting the malfunctions, not meeting monitoring requirements, and not taking all possible measures to prevent pollution of the sea.

Dr. Dror Zuriel of the MoEP’s Marine Monitoring and Research Center notes that the discharge of excessive effluents negatively affects the ecosystem of the Mediterranean and can poison fish. As such, the MoEP intends to impose sanctions upon the company totaling NIS 18,636,800.