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 health hazard. 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 explosives. 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.
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Israeli court rules to close Haifa ammonia tank