Is the Smelly Air in La Quinta Dangerous?
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CREATED Jul. 19, 2012
LA QUINTA--We have new information about reported noxious odors in La Quinta. Residents of the Trilogy Community came to KMIR 6 news last month, concerned the air they're breathing is dangerous to their health.
They say chemicals from a nearby recycling plant are wafting into their neighborhood and making them sick.
Some residents say the air in parts of La Quinta smells foul. Odors they say emanate from a near by recycling plant, California Bio Mass. Now results from the Air Quality Management District are back and the air may be smelly, but so far the AQMD says it isn't dangerous.
Who are they acceptable to? They're acceptable to AQMD but are they acceptable to the people who are breathing in that air and dust every day?
5 out of the six samples, had acceptable amounts of toxic air contaminants, but the AQMD still can't pinpoint the source.
Supervisor John Benoit said "The one sample seems to be an anomaly and we cannot connect it to bio mass. I'm not discounting that some residents are smelling something but we have other residents who don't smell anything."
The sixth residential sample, showed high levels of ethanol, prompting the AQMD to continue testing.
"It's comforting to know that perhaps we're not being poisoned by our air, but by the same token the air is full of odors on a regular basis," Trilogy resident Ed Ehrich said.
The AQMD said "Complaints haven't been numerous enough to say its a public nuisance."
As for California Bio Mass, it says the AQMD's finding only further prove its point saying "these measures reflect our company's approach as a responsive and responsible neighbor."
A responsive, and smelly neighbor residents will just have to live with, at least for now.