World Bulletin / News Desk
Following the emergence of reports in the media, the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning has launched an investigation to find the cause of fish deaths in a reservoir in the central province of Nevşehir.
Officials from Nevşehir University's department of biology conducted detailed examinations of the oxygen and pH levels in the reservoir, which is located in Tatlarin in Nevşehir's Acıgöl district. Water and fish samples were brought to a laboratory at the university for microbiological and chemical tests to find out why the fish died.
In addition, the Acıgöl District Governor's Office has contacted several institutions to carry out a massive clean-up operation of the reservoir.
In another case, the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning is also testing the waters of the Bartın River in the northern province of Bartın to determine pollution levels.
Meanwhile, amid speculation in the media suggesting that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had called Forestry and Waterworks Minister Veysel Eroğlu to ask why the Ergene Basin in the Marmara region is so polluted, the ministry released a statement regarding the issue.
The written statement released on Tuesday notes that officials from the ministry have intensified inspecting facilities in the area to see whether they comply with the Regulation of Water Pollution Control and EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) Report in order to determine any violation of regulations to keep the area clean.
As a result of strict regulations, two factories were closed in recent years. Officials inspected 2,650 factories and industrial facilities in the area over the past 12 months. Following this, several firms and facilities were fined TL 7 million for violating the regulations.
The statement added that the ministry will intensify its controls by conducting tests, even at night, from now on.Last Mod: 10 Temmuz 2012, 17:47