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Southeast L.A. County Smells Like Rotten Eggs

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Santa Fe Springs stinks! Literally.

On Monday the Air Quality Management District confirmed that non-toxic hydrogen sulfide gasses from Ridgeland Energy Services was the cause of the smell. Residents of Santa Fe Springs, Norwalk, Whittier and Pico Rivera complained of smelling ammonia, rotten eggs and gas.

Whittier Daily News compiled residents' Twitter reactions. Some of the best ones:

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Ridgeline Energy Services processes non-hazardous industrial water waste before it hits the sewage lines.

According to ABC 7:

In a statement the city said the odor comes from a former oil refinery located on Lakeland Road. The removal of wastewater tanks has aggravated the situation, according to the city. Water in the tanks has remained untreated and has not been discharged, changing the chemical composition inside to produce strong sulfur odor. The city said the marine layer outside exacerbated the problem by preventing the smell from dissipating in the air as normal. The city said the smell is due to one remaining un-repaired tank. The repair of that tank was expected to be completed "over the next few days."

According to the Whittier Daily News the same plant was the source of odors on the weekend of July 27.
The smells then were caused by a leak in Tank 63 at the refinery, according to Fire Chief Mike Crook. There are remnants of hydrogen sulfide and when they mixed with the treated water, it came to the top, Crook said.

“We found the roof of the tank was compromised,” he said. “It had holes.” There was another leak on Aug. 14 and 15, according to AQMD.

The AQMD hearing board on Aug. 20 voted to allow Ridgeline to continue operating, although it imposed 14 conditions, including repairing the hole in Tank 63. The company also was ordered to repair holes in Tank 55 and Tank 37.

A progress report already was scheduled on Wednesday.

I will refrain from making any more jokes.