Turkey: court says no to cement factory

Turkey: court says no to cement factory
Published: 23 October 2008

’Yeşilüzümlü will remain green,’ said a court in the province of Muğla, which recently found in favour of protestors who have been campaigning against the building of a cement factory in the valley by Urantas.

The action was not against the company itself but rather employees of the Ministry of the Environment who had previously issued a report saying a cement factory would not be detrimental to the environment. The judges’ decision was that this was not the case and any such polluting industry would have negative environmental and health implications for the area. They also agreed with the plaintiffs by saying the valley and its surroundings were residential and touristic, not suitable for this kind of industry.