UPDATE: Carson Mayor Says Monday Oct, 11, 11 a.m.: Hydrogen Sulfide Pipeline(s) RULED OUT As Possible Cause Of Dominguez Channel Stench; (previous) Carson Mayor Says Someone's Leaking Hydrogen Sulfide Pipeline, Not Natural Decay, Caused Dominguez Channel Stench, But Offers No Details; LB Mayor/Council Incumbents Mainly Mum, Richardson Cites AQMD Public Statement
UPDATE: Oct. 11, 11 a.m. Carson Mayor Davis-Holmes tells LBREPORT.com a hydrogen sulfide pipeline or pilelines have been RULED OUT as a possible cause of the Dominguez Channel stench. <
(Oct. 9, 2021, 8:40 a.m.) -- Carson Mayor Lula Davis-Holmes has charged that some type of pipeline is the source of days of an intense rotten egg stench that has impacted residents of her city [and beyond into Long Beach.]
For days, Carson residents have complained about the intense odor and SCAQMD initially issued a press release contending it was due to the natural decay of organic materials in the Dominguez Channel.
But on her Facebook page on Friday afternoon (Oct 8), Carson Mayor Davis-Holmes stated that the cause and location "have been identified" as a Hydrogen Sulfide leaking pipeline." Mayor Davis-Holmes didn't say who identified the odor's source as a leaking hydrogen sulfide pipeline, exactly where the pipeline is or who owns or operates such a pipeline. She wrote on Facebook:
News FLASH UPDATE ON THE DOMINGUEZ CHANNEL ODOR. The cause and location have been identified as a Hydrogen Sulfide leaking pipeline. According to the LA County Fire Dept. LA county Hazmat our hazard level is low . Currently LA COUNTY Hazmat, AQMD and LA COUNTY Public Works are at the site trying to determine the responsible party. and when the pipeline will be repaired. I have called for full investigation because up until today no information was released to the public or the city. My question to all involved agencies now that we have identified the problem is what and when will the problem be corrected. who is at fault and what will be done to prevent this from happening again. This lack of transparency is unacceptable. Thank you supervisor [Holly] Mitchell for your assistance in helping to resolve this matter. To my residents it is my understanding that. AQMD LA County Public Works and LA County Hazmat will be at the site for several days so you will experience traffic congestion as you travel on Avalon near the 405 on ramp Please stay away from the site. and continue to call. My office 310 9521710. or AQMD if the odors get any stronger. Mayor Lula Davis-Holmes.
City of Long Beach electeds have been mum about the stench on their social network pages. As of dawn Oct. 9, CD7 incumbent Roberto Uranga (seeking a third term in the 2022 election cycle) hasn't mentioned the intense odor on his Facebook page.
On Oct. 8. LB Vice Mayor/CD 9 Councilman Rex Richardson (also seeking re-election in 2022) cited AQMD staff's Oct. 8 public statement. "Earlier today, we received some questions regarding strange odors in our community. In response I contact[ed] staff at the South Coast Air Quality Management District in my capacity as the representative for the region. Below is their most recent official response. ('Elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide have been detected in Carson. Inspectors are evaluating potential sources and the investigation is ongoing. LA County Public Health has advices residents in the vicinity of Dominguez Channel to keep doors and windows closed while odors are present.') As we receive more information, we will be sure to provide updates." Richardson represents western L.A, County cities on the AQMD governing board (joined the board in February 2021.)
And no elected LB incumbent (Mayor Robert Garcia or any Councilmembers) agendized the issue for Council discussion and possible action at the Council's upcoming Oct. 12 meeting.
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But Carlos Ovalle, who has entered the 2022 race to unseat Uranga, charged on the LB Politics Facebook page (Oct. 8) that
Oct. 9: Text and subheadline amended to indicate that on Oct. 8, Vice Mayor/CD 9 Councilman Richardson cited AQMD staff's Oct. 8 public statement.
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