Western Environmental, Inc. Updates
Evaluation Survey of Facility
DTSC Community Update
DTSC Internal Process Audit
The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has determined that the Western Environmental, Inc. (WEI) facility located in Mecca (Riverside County) lacks a valid non-Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste permit to operate in the State of California. The facility, which accepts non-RCRA hazardous waste, is located in the Coachella Valley near Indio on tribal land owned by the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians (see map below).
The California Environmental Protection Agency, of which DTSC is a part, has formed a multi-agency task force to address community concerns associated with WEI. The departments and agencies of the task force have taken several steps to stop waste from going to WEI, and to address concerns. (Click here for latest update on steps the task force has taken.)
Please note that Western Environmental Services, Inc., a registered hazardous waste transporter (Registration Number 3349 and EPA ID Number CAR000159861), located at 400 W. Foothill Boulevard, Unit H, in Glendora, California, Los Angeles County, is not affiliated with the Western Environmental Inc. facility in Mecca, California, Riverside County.
Information about the waste that has gone to WEI
Mecca-area residents have asked about the types and quantities of waste accepted by the facility. The charts and data below are intended to help residents better understand the types and amount of wastes that were taken to WEI. (Note: Two different versions of the data are provided; one that contains all columns used to track waste, and a “quick view” version that eliminates columns that contained no data. The charts show general categories of wastes that were brought to WEI over time.)
The data which is from 2009 and 2010 manifests (the two years when the amount of waste was highest) show the generator of the waste sent to WEI and the approximate tonnage delivered. Data also show the general categories of hazardous waste – the largest being contaminated dirt removed from toxic cleanup sites – hauled to the facility.
These waste codes provide a picture of the types of wastes that were sent to the facility. People seeking more specific information about wastes sent from individual sites listed in this database may search DTSC’s Envirostor Web site. Envirostor contains documents and records detailing activity on each site.http://www.envirostor.dtsc.ca.gov/public/
You may also contact the agency or company that generated the waste for more information.
If you observe activities at the facility that concern you, you can file an environmental complaint at:http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/database/CalEPA_Complaint/index.cfm