Soil Pollution and Point Source Contaminated Sites

Soil pollution; the deterioration of physical and chemical properties of soil by solid, liquid and radioactive residues and pollutants. All the negative changes that occur in soils have the power to affect human life strongly.


In order to determine the contamination of the soil as a receiving environment, identify areas and sectors where contamination is or may be present, and determine the principles of cleaning and monitoring of contaminated soils and sites in accordance with sustainable development objectives, regulation on Pollution Control and Point Source Contaminated Sites has entered into force when published in the Official Gazette dated 08.06.2010 and numbered 27605.


For the purpose of determining the contamination areas or areas with risk of contamination, firstly, “Activity Prior Information Form” is prepared through the environmental information system. Activity Prior Information Form is approved by Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urbanization and submitted to Ministry of Environment and Urbanization. It is determined whether the business area is a suspicious area and the site is audited by the Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urbanization. If no pollution is observed in the site during inspection and if there is no suspicion of pollution, the site is removed from the suspect area list.


Work must be done with the institutions that are qualified by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization for “Follow-up Site” or “Areas requiring Cleaning “. Our company is one of the few companies with a Certificate of Competence in Soil Pollution Control and Point Source Contaminated Areas for related sites.