LA County Public Health Says It's Ruled Out A Point Source Or Permitted Business As Source of Carson Area Stench And Found "Very Low Levels" Of Hydrogen Sulfide East of Dominguez Channel Release contradicts yesterday's dispatch by Carson Mayor who blamed it on a leaking pipeline she didn't identify
(Oct. 9, 2021, 3:45 p.m.) -- The L.A.County Department of Public Health issued a release this afternoon (Oct. 9) it titled "Public Health Air Monitoring of Foul Odors in City of Carson Show Very Low Levels of Hydrogen Sulfide." The release says the County Public Health air monitoring over the past two days found "very low levels of hydrogen sulfide in the air (0.4-0.9 ppm) east of the Dominguez Channel" and said their investigation "ruled out a point source or permitted business as the source of the odor."
[LA County Public Health Oct. 9 release text.] The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) and Public Works are investigating odors reported in the City of Carson. The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) notified Public Health of an odor event in Carson late Thursday afternoon and advised that their investigation ruled out a point source or permitted business as the source of the odor.
SCAQMD initially issued a media release (Oct. 8) contending the stench 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 Lula 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.
Long Beach residents area described the stench as very foul and intense while City of Long Beach electeds remained mainly mum about the issue. As of dawn Oct. 9, CD7 incumbent Roberto Uranga (seeking a third term in the 2022 election cycle) hadn't mentioned the 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.
|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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