|Other Comments||The recent discussion in Turkey on this old uranium mine must be set in the context of debates on nuclear energy in the difficult political situation of 2016, 2017. An international public figure active in the discussion is attorney Arif Ali Cangi.|
He was awarded the Nuclear-Free Future Awards 2016 in Johannesburg 17 Nov. 2016. Arif Ali Cangi was born in 1964 in the province of Mersin, is a leading jurist in the Turkish anti-nuclear movement. He has fought court battles against the illegal dumping of nuclear waste in Gaziemir, Izmir, against the construction of a nuclear power plant in Akkuyu, Mersin, and against the deadly environmental contamination brought on by uranium mining at Köprübasi, Manisa. Cangi currently spearheads legal proceedings to block the construction of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant on the Mediterranean coast between Aydıncık and Silifke. The first plans for the Akkuyu NPP were drawn up in the early seventies, only to be shelved. The current Turkish government resurrected the old plans, and recently entered into an agreement with Russian Rosatom to begin construction of the plant. On behalf of the Green Party and the Leftist Future Party (YSGP), Arif Ali Cangi has gone to court to block the plant's construction. This aside, Cangi has also lodged an environmental complaint against the former operators of the uranium mine in Köprübasi. The mine was active in the 1970s and 1980s, but the site was never remediated after shutdown, nor the local citizenry ever informed about the radioactive contamination.