A stench emanating from a flood control channel in a Los Angeles suburb triggered thousands of complaints due to chemicals flowing from a warehouse during a fire and causing vegetation to decay, air regulators said Friday.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District said in a statement that it issued infringement notices to four companies and Los Angeles County, which is responsible for maintaining the Dominguez Channel.
The executive orders claim that the emissions of hydrogen sulfide have caused public nuisance.
The fire began Sept. 30 at a warehouse in Carson, where two companies stored large quantities of wellness and beauty products, and chemicals, including ethanol, subsequently flowed into the canal, the district said.
Complaints about a stench of rotten eggs began on October 3 and eventually came from thousands of people in at least half a dozen communities in the area.
The Air District sent infringement notices to two companies whose products were involved, the company that owns the property and its parent company, and LA County. Emails requesting comments were sent to the businesses and the county Department of Public Works.
Prologis Inc., the parent company of the company that owns the property, said in a statement that it worked with the Los Angeles County Fire Department to protect the property from runoff of rainwater and to clean up any fire debris.
The company said the announcements do not include any corrective action that Prologis can take, but the company will proactively work with the district to resolve any concerns.
Violation notices can lead to civil sanctions, voluntary remedial action or a civil lawsuit if there is no settlement.