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Bacterial infection, not power plant, caused turtle deaths: Officials

  • Dedek Hendry

    The Jakarta Post

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Bengkulu   /   Sun, February 2, 2020   /  02:13 pm
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A dead sea turtle is washed up on a beach located near the Sepang Bay coal-fired power plant (PLTU) in Bengkulu.(kompas.com/Courtesy of Kanopi Bengkulu)

Bengkulu authorities have concluded that the deaths of 28 turtles in Sepang Bay Beach were caused by a bacterial infection, ruling out earlier suspicions they were killed by untreated waste released by a nearby coal-fired power plant.   The Bengkulu Natural Resource Conservation Center (BKSDA Bengkulu), along with the Bengkulu Environment and Forestry Agency and the provincial station of the Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), announced the findings on Friday after conducting laboratory tests on the animals. “Any party unsatisfied with the government’s test results can challenge them scientifically, but don’t make conclusions unsupported by science,” said Yuliswani, a provincial administration assistant. Dead turtles have been found on the beach a number of times since April 2019. Some were caught in nets while others had plastic wa...