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Bono Mack Says Western Environmental Must Take 'All Necessary Steps' to Safeguard Public's Health


Location: Washington, DC

After a conference call with state officials to discuss soil test results at Western Environmental's Mecca plant, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45), who first asked the EPA to investigate potential public health problems at Mecca early last year, issued the following statement:

"While the latest scientific tests show soil samples to be within legal guidelines -- and that's certainly good news -- there's simply no denying that air quality around Mecca suffered for an intolerable period of time. Rather than try to shift the blame elsewhere, officials at Western Environmental would best serve the public by taking all necessary steps to prevent this from reoccurring. What's more, it's imperative for state and federal officials to continue monitoring this situation to make certain that public health is not threatened again in the future."

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