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Farmer gets compensation from polluting plant

KAHRAMANMARAŞ - Radikal | 1/11/2010 12:00:00 AM | Hasan Göçer

A farmer from the Afşin district of Kahramanmaraş has received 110,179 Turkish Liras in compensation from the power plant that has been polluting his property.

Mehmet Yağcı, 61, a farmer from the Afşin district of Kahramanmaraş, has received 110,179 Turkish Liras in compensation from the power plant that has been polluting his property.

Yağcı had filed a criminal complaint about the Afşin-Elbistan A Power Plant, claiming that the pollution it created had caused his 200 acres of land to lose value.

His lawyer, Mehmet Çölbeyi, said the court verdict, which has been approved by the Supreme Court of Appeals, will set an example for 360 similar cases in the local courts of Elbistan and Afşin, with 250 more to come.

The Afşin-Elbistan plant has been generating electricity for 25 years and the media had previously criticized the facility regarding the pollution it has caused in the surrounding area.

Yağcı’s compensation case, which was filed two years ago, resulted in an expert committee from Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University inspecting the facility over the pollution charges. The soil samples taken from surrounding areas were examined at the Turkish Atomic Energy Agency, or TAEK, and the ratios for uranium were found to be above the limit.

The experts stated that Yağcı’s field had lost 10 percent of its value, justifying the court-ordered fine of 110,179 liras imposed on the plant’s operating company, the Electricity Generating Company, or EÜAŞ.

EÜAŞ objected to the verdict but the Supreme Court of Appeals rejected this motion.

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