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Saudi Arabia set to launch eco-friendly guards

Kingdom aims to create new green guardian roles to enforce environmental laws.

Saudia Arabia is set to launch new environmental guards aimed at enforcing eco-friendly laws, it was reported on Wednesday.

The Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) has announced that police precincts across the kingdom will be receiving guardians of green policies who will act as inspectors, ensuring environmental standards.

They are scheduled to be on the street within a year and the plan is currently being discussed with the interior ministry, said PME president Prince Turki bin Nasser in comments published by Arab News.

The PME also announced it would be inspecting gas stations to ensure they are complying with standards to help reduce environmental pollution from leaks. “Over the past two years we have studied the damage inflicted on the environment by service stations in the kingdom,” Prince Turki told the paper.

According to the government studies, leaks in tanks used to store gas and oil has resulted in groundwater pollution. The oil leaks has affected farms, water wells neighboring lands and citizens’ health in the surrounding areas, the paper reported.

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