Raen Reyes, from far right, Isaiah Robinson, and Jade Robinson hold signs as they protest against environmental hazards in their community in Thermal, Calif., Friday, June 17, 2011. Community ... more 
Raen Reyes, from far right, Isaiah Robinson, and Jade Robinson hold signs as they protest against environmental hazards in their community in Thermal, Calif., Friday, June 17, 2011. Community activists in Southern California's Coachella Valley have been toiling for years along the eastern rim of this crescent-shaped breadbasket to spread the word about the abandoned waste dumps, shoddy migrant housing and overburdened recycling facilities that are a fact of life in this poor, farmworker community. Their work paid off last month, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state regulators cracked down on a soil recycling plant that was blamed by air quality officials for a putrid stench that sickened dozens of children and teachers at a nearby school. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Jae C. Hong
Fri, Jun 17, 2011 4:48 PM EDT