U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler is in Israel this week visiting with officials to further the agency’s relationship with the Jewish state.
On Monday, he visited the Apollonia National Park with members of Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP). The park overlooks the Nof Yam remediation site, home to multiple former military installations that are now being remediated to clean up contamination and convert them into residential properties.
EPA officials have been working with Israel’s MoEP in providing the latest best practices and technologies to assist in reusing the Nof Yam site, according to the agency in a statement.
Wheeler also met with U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman at the Jerusalem embassy for a briefing on the U.S. relationship with Israel, and with Israeli Minister of Environmental Protection Ze’ev Elkin. The two discussed furthering the EPA’s Memorandum of Understanding with Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, as well as focused on current collaborative projects and future bilateral activities.
Friedman stressed the importance of highlighting the EPA’s successes in improving the environment, in addition to Israel’s efforts to tackle water-scarcity issues in the Middle East, and the efforts to export these technologies and practices globally.
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