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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

LA County Public Works opens hotline for Carson residents affected by Dominguez Channel odor

A hotline number is posted on the city’s website to call Carson residents about foul odor emanating from the Dominguez Channel.

The official says that the foul smell emanating from the channel is due to the drying up of organic waste materials after exposure to the sun during low tide. The county’s Public Works Department, which took the blame for odors in the community during Monday night’s city council meeting, has partnered with staff from the County Public Health Department, the county fire department’s health hazardous materials division, South Coast Air Quality. Management district and other external agencies to conduct channel studies.

In the meantime, residents can call the following county numbers, which were posted on Carson’s website Tuesday:

  • To file a complaint or request a temporary transfer at 626-300-2644 Odor.
  • 626-300-2650, to file a claim.

Mark Pastrella, director of the LA County Department of Public Works, said his office will have a portal on the Public Works website for Carson residents affected by the smell on or soon after Tuesday, October 11. Sometime on Tuesday a portal appeared on the homepage of Public Works with a link to a page where people can request reimbursement for air filters that go up in the evening.

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Hotline numbers for residents to call were also not yet posted on the county website. The Public Works Department did not respond to a request for comment.

During Monday night’s special council meeting, Carson leaders declared the smell a public nuisance, and Mayor Lula Davis-Holmes recommended residents who have or must buy an air filter to save their receipts.

The city council will meet on Thursday, October 14, to discuss potentially setting up a program to support residents affected by the smell.

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