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Mining must comply with environmental regulations

MARMARİS - Doğan News Agency | 10/25/2009 12:00:00 AM |

The environmental effects of mining on the Aegean region should be taken more seriously, say provincial officials.

The environmental effects of mining on the Aegean region should be taken more seriously, said provincial officials on Saturday.

Representatives of the Provincial Departments of Environment and Forestry came together for a meeting titled “Environmental Impact Assesment (ÇED) of Mining Projects” in the Marmaris district of the western city of Muğla over the weekend.

Speaking after the meeting, Fevzi İşbilir, the chairman of the Ministry of Environment’s ÇED branch, said that companies involved in mining should consider environmental issues.

"We want the mining companies to be in perfect harmony with environmental vaues," said İşbilir. "We strive to boost awareness of those issues."

He added that environmental factors should never be ignored while granting companies the permisson to mine.

"We only let companies mine if what they extract from under the soil will give the country more benefit than what remains above the soil," he said. "It is impossible to let the companies do otherwise."

He added that companies should always require ÇED approval to receive permission to mine.

"Mining authorization alone means nothing at all," İşbilir said. "After prospecting, mining can only begin after being granted a license. In order to get these licenses, companies must always agree to operate in accordance with environmental laws by receiving ÇED approval."

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