Large Blaze at Mystery Chemical Plant Near Dimona

Seventeen fire crews are fighting a large fire Wednesday at the Rotem Amfert chemical plant near Dimona, in the Negev.

The structure that is on fire is reportedly in danger of collapse and the fire crews are attempting to prevent the fire from spreading to stockpiles of dangerous substances at the plant.

Rotem Amfert Negev's website describes it as “an integrated, multinational phosphate group manufacturing and marketing a comprehensive range of products based on phosphate rock as raw material and leading to downstream derivatives including phosphoric acids, fertilizers, specialty chemicals and phosphate salts.”

The Nuclear Threat Initiative website alleges that the plant is also used to extract uranium from phosphate deposits. If the allegation is true, the "dangerous substances" involved may be very dangerous indeed. 


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