CARSON (CBSLA) – Residents and people near the Dominguez Canal in Carson have reported a pungent odor currently blowing from it.
“For want of a better word, rotten eggs,” said Tiffany Davis.
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Davis and her four year old son CJ live right behind the station. They tell CBS2 and KCAL9 reporter Nicole Comstock that the smell rose in the air on Monday. It’s getting worse every day.
“We have children. I’m pregnant myself, so we don’t know if it’s safe to breathe in, ”said Davis.
Carson City Mayor Lula Davis-Holmes said Los Angeles County hadn’t given her an answer on whether or not the smell was harmful to inhalation. As a result, she started asking other experts.
“After speaking to a few people, the smell is mistaken for hydrogen sulfide
and hydrogen sulfide, if exposed for long periods of time, could be harmful, ”said Davis-Holmes.
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Hydrogen sulfide is highly toxic and is often produced in industries such as oil and gas refining. However, it can also develop naturally in sewers and is known to cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting, which is what half a dozen people reported to our editorial team.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District told Comstock it had received more than 200 complaints about the smell. The company said its investigations are ongoing.
Meanwhile, the LA County Sheriffs Department says LA County’s public works have determined that natural processes involving algae can occur in the Dominguez Canal. The water was tested and no toxins were found.
Davis-Holmes said the city council plans to open an investigation and could consider a class action lawsuit.
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AQMD encourages residents to continue to submit reports to them to aid their investigation. He can be reached at 1-800-CUT-SMOG (288-7664).