Torres Martinez Reservation littered with dumps

The Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in southern California is home to at least 26 illegal dumps, including the largest one in the state.

"I would say this is in its own league," Clancy Tenley, the tribal program manager for the Environmental Protection Agency, told The Los Angeles Times. "I don't know of any place that has this level of pollution."

The EPA, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Tribe have been trying to shut down the dumps, which are located on allotted land. But they have had little success until recently, when they started to work together, although some officials say tribal leaders are part of the problem.

The dumps pose major environmental, health and safety risks. Some have been put on the EPA's Superfund list of toxic sites.

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Toxic waste litters desert Indian reservation (The Los Angeles Times 6/2)
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Relevant Links:
Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians - http://www.torresmartinez.org

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