Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
The Stench from Mt. San Diego
According to some residents living in Coachella Valley, they can smell San Diego County from their homes and schools. And, the scent is so bad that it has been said to have sickened dozens of school children at Coachella Valley schools.
The odor is from a "mountain" of human sewage that nearby residents say was brought from San Diego County and dumped in the Coachella Valley.
According to an article from the Associated Press, after years of complaining about several illegal and mismanaged dump sites, the Eastern Coachella Environmental Health Task Force has finally drawn attention to the problem.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and state and federal environmental officials will take a "toxic tour" of the sites in the valley, including Mt. San Diego.
Darryl Adams, interim superintendent of the Coachella Valley Unified School District, toured the area. In the article, Adams stated: "I could not believe what I saw and ever since that day it's been my purpose in life ... to eventually do something about those living conditions. Why is the eastern Coachella Valley being seen as a dump site or a recycling place when you have people in homes and the agricultural industry out here? Why isn't something being done out here?'"