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Industrial pollution in Saudi Eastern Province

Industrial pollution in Saudi Eastern Province

Firms and factories are dumping hazardous chemicals onto sites in the Eastern Province (EP) with no regard for the environment and the negative effects on the health of residents.

“The Eastern Province is one of the most important industrial zones in the Kingdom. Numerous plants, oil companies and factories have set up a hub here. This has taken a heavy toll on the environment,” said Rajeh Al-Rajeh, a resident of the region. He said many of these companies use empty lands in cities, known as white lands, and the districts where construction works have not yet been completed, to dump garbage and raw materials. […]

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Another citizen, Faisal Al-Mensef said the weather in the EP is moderate in springtime and citizens take advantage of the nice weather to picnic in the wild. “Many of these locations have become dumpsites,” said Al-Mesef. “Factories and plants take advantage of the lack of supervision and people in the area to dispose their harmful materials.”

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Brig. Abdullah Al-Khashman, director of the Civil Defense Department in the Eastern Province, said the tasks of his department included checking the internal environment to make sure all safety measures are provided, with emergency exits available at any time. “Civil Defense teams conduct regular inspection tours in these factories and plants to check their compliance with the safety measures,” said Al-Khashman.

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