The city, in a statement Monday, said a permanent solution could involve dredging the channel and turning it into “an amenity to the city rather than a detraction.”
The plaintiffs want an injunction directing the companies to pay for relocation and future medical monitoring expenses as a result of the nauseating gas, as well as unspecified damages.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health also announced that it is now advising Carson and surrounding communities to avoid “prolonged outdoor activities” between the hours of 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. near the Dominguez Channel.
Supervisors Holly Mitchell and Janice Hahn co-authored a motion calling on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and county CEO to do what it takes to get relief to residents quickly, including directly distributing HEPA air filters and filtration units, handing out hotel vouchers, reimbursing cities for supplies, and hiring a third party to administer relief supplies and reimbursement.
In an Oct. 18 letter Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán called on Gov. Gavin Newsom to initiate a state of emergency in the area that has been affected by the smell of hydrogen sulfide that has settled over it for nearly two weeks.
The agencies now suspect the discharge of cardboard resulted from discharge following a large pallet fire that took place upstream two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, residents in Carson, the most affected area, rallied outside of Carson City Hall to demand swifter action on the odor.
The Carson City Council held a special meeting to vote on a resolution declaring the foul odor that has been plaguing residents near the Dominguez Channel a “public nuisance.”
The odor came from an organic material drying out after being left on the channel banks during low tide, a statement issued Saturday said.
Residents in neighborhoods spanning from North Long Beach to the Peninsula smelled the nauseating odor they compared to sulfur.