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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Comments (3)
  1. bruce says:

    It’s the boonies, who cares. Just deciding to live out there should subject you to stuff like this happening. Why raise your kids out there?

  2. swhitS says:

    I CARE! I care whether people have to live like pigs and gov tramples all over them because they are my fellow countrymen and I may just be next!
    You should be able to live where you want without toxins drummed down your throats to make you sick so’s to make Big Pharma richer!

  3. cesar esqueda says:

    Recently my 4 year old cousin became gravely ill and doctors cannot find the source. she lives near the salton sea in a 2006 built home there are currently 7 cases in loma linda like hers and it steams from mecca to surrounding salton sea city’s, bruce has the right to express his opinion, to answer his question, people should care in fact the whole coachella valley should palm springs should care indian wells should care some of the wealthiest people in the us reside there we in the valley are at risk of toxic dust clouds that can form if the salton sea is not looked at as a threat do some research bruce I’m 25 years old and I don’t have a college education my grammar is not the best but I also have a right to an opinion and I feel you are a close minded ignorant individual and I wish you the best bruce. 72 percent of inland empire is hispanic, most migrant workers, farmers (they provide people with food which, can contain pesticides blown in by the salton sea that can cause are good friend bruise cronic diarrea or worse) let me know if you wanna talk bruce I doubt it, who care…