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What’s Rotten In Mecca? Stench Blamed On Waste Treatment Plant

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A mobile home parked near the Salton Sea, an inland lake which functions as a result of run-off agricultural waste water from the fields of Imperial Valley and the Coachella Valley. The city of Mecca is approximately 4 miles away from the Salton Sea. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

A mobile home parked near the Salton Sea, an inland lake which functions as a result of run-off agricultural waste water from the fields of Imperial Valley and the Coachella Valley. The city of Mecca is approximately 4 miles away from the Salton Sea. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

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RIVERSIDE (CBS) — Residents say something is definitely rotten out in Mecca.

And KNX 1070′s Jon Baird reports the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) believes it has isolated the odors that sickened some residents out in this desert town outside of Indio.


The AQMD has concluded that a waste recycling and treatment facility just north of Mecca is the source of the odor.

Health officials continue to analyze air samples from two elementary schools to see if the odors pose any long-term risk to residents.

The plant is in the process of cleaning up some material which may help reduce some of the odors plaguing the area north of the Salton Sea.

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