Carson City leaders officially declare the smell a public nuisance – CBS Los Angeles
Los Angeles (Spacela) Los Angeles County Public Works investigators have found that the foul odor that some have described as “rotten eggs” is due to low levels of hydrogen sulfide emitted from decaying vegetation in the Dominguez Canal.
But county and city officials have not released a plan to get rid of the stench. Some residents complained of feeling ill after inhaling the stench.
“It makes me a headache. It’s really powerful,” said Carson resident Diana Wade.
She said she’s running out of patience after getting cascading headaches from inhaling stinging air at Carson for over a week now.
Carson City leaders have officially declared the odor a public nuisance, giving residents access to county funds to upgrade their air filters.
“We kind of wonder if it’s safe, but we just hope it goes away soon,” said Carson resident Cecia Garcia.
Part of the problem, public works officials said, is that the area hasn’t seen much rain, which usually flows down the canal.
While officials look at ways to remedy the problem, neighbors say they will be spending more time indoors until then.
“I don’t want it to affect my body, you know, because we’ve had COVID, it’s strong, and it can make me feel sick,” Wade said. “I have diabetes and I don’t want it to affect me.”
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County health officials say exposure to hydrogen sulfide at low levels may cause headaches and nausea, but not cause long-term health effects. Residents who have to purchase air filters will be compensated.