Posted: May 2, 2012 8:26 PM by Associated Press (JR)
MECCA, Calif. (AP) - State regulators say it's still a mystery what caused an overwhelming stench in Mecca, Calif., but a soil recycling facility in the desert town can't accept hazardous waste until it makes significant improvements to its facilities.
The Desert Sun reports (http://mydesert.co/InEE5z ) the California Department of Toxic Substances Control held a news conference Wednesday, detailing shortcomings at Western Environmental Inc.'s facility.
The state has limited authority over the company because it's located on Native American lands controlled by the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians.
However, regulators have barred the facility from accepting any more hazardous waste since May 2011.
State officials said Wednesday the facility's existing liner must be doubled and groundwater monitoring must be improved.
Western Environmental did not provide immediate response to the state's report.
Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com
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