It’s been nearly a month since a putrid smell began wafting from the Dominguez Channel over the city of Carson. And despite initial assurances that the odor would have dissipated by now, residents have gotten no relief.
Protesters gathered at City Hall on Monday to express their outrage. As City News discussed last week, Carson lagged in its response to the odor complaints. Since then, LA County officials have also changed their stories.
First, county officials said mitigation measures would clear up the smell within five days. Now they say there’s no definitive timeline. Initially, residents were told that the levels of hydrogen sulfide causing the odor were too low to be hazardous. Now, they advise avoiding outdoor exercise from night through early morning.
People are fed up with the stench, which has been described as a mixture of vomit, farts, and rotten eggs. They feel officials haven’t taken their complaints of headaches, nausea, and other ailments seriously enough. Carson City Council Member Jawane Hilton has questioned whether a quicker, more robust response would’ve been launched for a richer and whiter city.
Recent rains are helping to move debris through the Dominguez Channel, where a buildup from the drought is said to have caused the smell. Officials and residents hope it will help. In the meantime, people are getting reimbursements for hotel rooms and air purifiers. But no matter which way you slice it, this stinks.