Residents demand closure of plant at Cabazon Reservation

A soil-recycling plant on the Cabazon Reservation in southern California continues to draw angry from nearby residents.

Chairman David Roosevelt said the tribe is taking steps to address odors that people attribute to the facility. But neighbors said they continue to feel sick and they asked him to shut down the plant.

“You don't feel it. My baby coughing at night, you don't stay up at night with him," Celia Garcia told Roosevelt at a public meeting, The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District said it has traced the odor to the plant operated by Western Environmental, Inc. But it's not entirely clear whether the company is breaking any laws.

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Mecca residents want soil-recycler closed (The Riverside Press-Enterprise 4/29)
Officials promise to clear foul odor from Mecca air (The Palm Springs Desert Sun 4/29)

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