Criminal Probe Ordered Into Gush Dan ´Odor´ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 05/03/12)
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Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan told reporters he has
ordered a criminal investigation into discovering who created
the "nuisance odor" that pervaded Israel’s central coast on Thursday.
Minister Erdan said, "While the odor was merely troublesome in the
concentrations released, the substances themselves were nonetheless
potentially harmful to public health."
Erdan´s ministry said late Thursday that it has yet to determine the
source of the acrid smell that pervaded Israel´s Gush Dan in Sharon
regions throughout the morning.
Following tests, the ministry stated that there was no danger to
residents and that “negligible” concentration of hazardous substances
had been discovered in the air.
The pungent odor was described by the numerous people who complained
to municipal officials, police, and media as being chlorine, bromide,
insecticide, and similar “chemical” smells.
The IDF Home Front Command said late Thursday morning that it
believed the smell emanated from gas drilling operations off the
coast of Ashdod, but environmental experts note that natural gas is
odorless until butyl mercaptan or thiophane is added as a safety
precaution [giving natural gas the "rotten eggs" smell consumers
associate it with -Ed]. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/03/12)
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