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Güllük polluters busted and fined

BODRUM - Doğan News Agency | 8/12/2009 12:00:00 AM |

Municipal officials in Güllük, near Bodrum, have fined summerhouse sites and tourism facilities that have been releasing their waste into the Güllük Gulf.

Municipal officials in Güllük, near the popular resort town of Bodrum, have fined summerhouse sites and tourism facilities that have been releasing their waste into the Güllük Gulf.

Güllük Mayor Aytunç Kayrakçı, a member of the main opposition Republican People’s Party, or CHP, told the Anatolia news agency that those who release their untreated waste into the sea have been fined a total of 1.2 million Turkish Liras over the past two months.

“It is totally out of control now; everyone dumps their waste into the gulf,” said the mayor. “We will intensify the inspections and continue to fine those we catch red-handed. We will not tolerate this kind of action.”

With a team of five experts and municipal police officials, supported by the Coast Guard, Kayrakçı inspected 12 summerhouse sites and tourism facilities Tuesday to the north of Güllük Gulf. Six of the 12 were fined. In addition, the Coast Guard has filed a complaint with the prosecutor’s office against three summerhouse sites, charging them with creating environmental pollution.

During the inspection, vacationers approached the mayor to complain about the pollution in Güllük Gulf. Nejat Duymaz, 56, said it was impossible to swim there. “The problem was first the fish farms, and now it is the septic waste of the summerhouses,” he said. “No one has taken our complaints seriously. I have been coming here for 15 years and this is the first time I’ve seen a mayor.”

Kayrakçı also inspected Gülümkuyu Holiday Village, which has 195 villas. Upon seeing that the site’s waste-treatment facility was running at full capacity, the mayor thanked the development’s managing board. Ender Tufan, chairman of the board, also complained about the pollution in Güllük. “Those responsible should be found and punished severely,” he said. “This is the only way to fight them; there should be more inspections.”

The mayor said the inspections would continue with the support of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and the Coast Guard.

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