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EPA orders toxic-waste facility on Cabazon Reservation to fix noxious odors

Federal officials Monday ordered the operators of a toxic-waste plant on the Cabazon Band of Indians Reservation to fix problems leading to potentially harmful emissions from the facility.

The Environmental Protection Agency said its order requires Western Environmental Inc. to stop accepting additional contaminated soils or solid waste material at the Riverside County facility without prior approval of the the agency.

Among other measures, the agency said, the facility must cover untreated material to prevent the release of noxious emissions into the air.

Mounds of untreated contaminated soil stand more than 40 feet high at the facility in Mecca, according to the EPA.

In late 2010, the EPA said, it received complaints that odors sent people to the hospital.


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