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Editorial: Little help for tribes with illegal dumps

"Unfortunately, many Indian tribal lands across America serve as the nation's secret dumping grounds. The Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla tribe's land in the east valley is among those reservations.

Torres Martinez leaders last week urged a Coachella Valley Association of Governments committee to support stepped-up enforcement of anti-dumping ordinances. The Solid Waste and Recycling Technical Working Group rightly voted for a resolution calling just for that. CVAG's executive committee also should approve the resolution.

While that would be a move in the right direction, it alone likely won't be enough to curb illegal dumping. That only will happen by changing federal law, which Rep. Mary Bono and other Congressional delegates from California should press for."

Get the Story:
Editorial: Time for Congress to act against illegal dumping on tribal lands (The Palm Springs Desert Sun 12/19)

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