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Israel Chemicals Ltd. Faces $110 Million Suit Over Nature Reserve Spill

May 3, 2018, 3:13 PM

Israel is seeking 397 million shekels ($110 million) in damages from a subsidiary of Israel Chemicals Ltd. in an unprecedented civil claim arising from the collapse of a phosphate storage pool that released more than 100 million cubic meters of toxic sludge into a protected nature reserve.

“This case sets a precedent. It’s the first time that the government has filed a civil case in court against a company claiming damages caused to nature,” said Yuval Lester, head of the policy and strategy unit at the environment ministry, who headed the economic study behind the 397 million shekel ...

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