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January 16, 1979
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Israeli ecologists are up in arms over an agreement just concluded with South Africa a supply coal for the new electric power plant near Hadera. Energy Minister Itzhak Modai confirmed Sunday that a $23 million-a-year contract will be signed shortly and the first shipments of South African coal are expected to reach Hadera in about 18 months. The decision to burn coal was made because of the shortage of oil and its high price. Ecologists fought a losing battle against the coal-fired plant, the huge chimney of which already man the coast line; Experts fear that when the plant begins operation, the sand beaches will be covered with black soot.

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