In a case of poor planning, the Foul Odor from Dominguez Channel is now moving into communities outside Carson. This has led to increased incidents in Woodland Hills and Lakewood as well as other areas. Local residents are beginning to take action against the source of odors by blocking gates with dumpsters and trash cans to keep trucks from entering neighborhoods.
(CBSLA) – WILMINGTON (CBSLA) – The odor of hydrogen sulfide emanating from the Dominguez Channel, which has been plaguing Carson residents for weeks, now seems to be spreading to neighboring areas, despite city and county authorities declaring a state of emergency.
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – 11 OCTOBER 2021: As viewed from Carson St., this image depicts the Dominguez Channel in Carson. The Dominguez Channel is emitting a terrible stench, and public health officials are advising Carson residents to keep their doors and windows shut as authorities attempt to eliminate the stink. On its journey to the Port of Los Angeles, the Dominguez Canal is a drain channel that passes through industrial zones. (Getty Images/Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times) )
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The foul stink has even made its way into several Wilmington neighborhoods, according to some locals.
The stink, according to officials, is produced by rotting organic waste in the canal.
“It felt like headaches when it initially began occuring.” “It was simply extremely unpleasant; you’d lose your appetite,” said Alan Sevilla, a Wilmington resident.
Angel Magana, who also lives in Wilmington, is concerned about unobservable health implications.
“My main worry is what it’s doing to my own health,” Magana added.
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Since the scent began last month, many residents in the Carson region, as well as those beyond the neighborhood, have complained of headaches and nausea. The hydrogen sulfide gas discharged from the tunnel, according to authorities, is not now at harmful levels.
“Sometimes I even wear my mask inside my home simply to escape the scent,” Sevilla said.
Residents in impacted neighborhoods should limit their outside exposure when the aromas are intense, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. They are most active between the hours of 9 p.m. and 8 a.m.
Residents in San Pedro, such as Ruben Rodriguez, claim that the stink has spread into their neighborhood.
“You’re the one who has to deal with the stink. Because I work graveyard shift, it is quite potent when I leave work at 4:30 a.m. “It’s horrible,” Rodriguez said, adding that he and his fiancée try to spend as much time inside as possible. “You know, we sort of keep everything locked up.” We have air conditioning, and we use it.”
Water and air quality officials said they were looking into the possibility that chemicals from local refineries, chemical plants, and other facilities were partially to blame after the 4.3 magnitude earthquake near Carson last month, which may have disrupted lines, in a zoom town hall meeting on Wednesday evening.
Meanwhile, the LA County Department of Public Works said that by spraying biodegradable deoderizer in the channel, they were able to decrease the odor.
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“It’s helped a little bit,” Sevilla remarked, “but it’s really dreadful.” “It smells like filthy turtle water, is the only way I can describe it.” Basically, just get rid of the odor.”
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