Update: AQMD Issues Statement on Odor

A sulfur-like smell has been reported in La Verne, Claremont, and across Los Angeles County.

The Air Quality Management District has released a statement regarding the sulfur-like odor that has blanketed the Inland Empire and parts of Los Angeles and Orange counties. 

From the AQMD:

Field inspectors with the South Coast Air Quality Management District are in the field today investigating possible causes of widespread sulfur odors.  

Since around midnight last night, AQMD has received more than 100 calls reporting a strong, foul rotten egg/sulfur odor. Residents have complained from a very wide area including the Inland Empire and much of the Los Angeles Basin.  

Fish kills, algae blooms and other biologic conditions in lakes can cause strong odors. Industrial facilities such as wastewater plants also can cause sulfur odors. At this time AQMD hasn’t confirmed any source as the cause of the widespread odor.  

AQMD will issue updated information later in the day if more information is available.

AQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Liz Lowden September 11, 2012 at 03:10 AM
It is coming from the Salton Sea in the desert. We had severe rain and dust storms last night. I live in Bermuda Dunes and the stench was terrible. The odor is gone today. The wind was blowing toward the west so Glendora can probably smell it today. It is from rotted fish and algea
Dawn Lachberg September 11, 2012 at 05:35 AM
I live in Glendora. Woke up to the foul smell this morning. It was so strong that it even came into the house. I find it hard to fathom that it could travel clear from the Salton Sea, go past us here in Glendora, and travel all the way to places like Thousand Oaks & Palmdale. Some are saying it is from impending earthquakes, could this be true?
arin th September 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Hi Liz, We are coming to Bermuda Dunes for the weekend. How is the smell now? Is it getting better?
Liz Lowden September 13, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Hi Arin, The odor has been gone since late Monday. Only lasted the better half of Monday then blew your way toward the west. It is beautiful here now:-)
arin th September 13, 2012 at 07:32 PM
ahhh, good to know. thank you!!!!


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