What’s That Smell? Councilman Seeks Answers to Mysterious Odor Plaguing O.C. Cities.

For two years, residents in some Orange Counties cities have been assailed by a noxious odor. But to this day, its origin remains a mystery. Now, one Huntington Beach city councilman is calling for a special committee to investigate the source of the smell and put a stop to it once and for all.

The odor comes and goes, according to officials and residents. People in Huntington Beach, Seal Beach and even Long Beach have all experienced its unpleasantness at one time or another. Over the years, a number of theories have been put forth, but none of them seem to have panned out.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has been investigating for some time, collecting air samples to see if it can determine the source of the stink. It too has come up empty-handed.

“Not enough progress is being made to address the source of the odor,” Huntington Beach City Councilman Billy O’Connell said in a recent statement. He’s hoping the new special committee can finally put a lid on the smell. 


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