For over two weeks now, a strong odor has been flowing through city of Carson, forcing over 200 residents into hotels. The smell has been linked to hydrogen sulfide coming from the Dominguez Channel. Councilman Jawane Hilton wants residents to know the City Council is doing everything in its power to rid the city of the odor.
“It’s a county issue and we don’t know how well maintenance was being done,” says Hilton.
During last night’s city council meeting, Hilton said the council voted to allocate another $200,000 for residents to receive hotel assistance and air filters for their homes.
Earlier reports stated that residents would be reimbursed, but Hilton says upfront assistance is available for Carson residents who present valid I.D.
Still, Hilton says there is much work to be done and information is still limited.
The Carson City Council also voted to hire a third party to conduct an independent investigation into the issue. As City Councilman, Hilton says that his main focus is making sure the concerns of residents are addressed.
“Some of them are claiming the smell is making them sick and our concern is to make sure this does not have long-term effects on their health,” Hilton expressed.
Carson residents have reported experiencing headaches, as well as dizziness, since being exposed to the odor. County Health Officials say mild headaches are a result of inhaling low levels of hydrogen sulfide, but there are no long-term effects.
“I know that it is frustrating, and you want answers. The elected officials want answers as well, that’s why we are hiring a third party to investigate matters. If you need help please, reach out to the city,” Hilton says to Carson residents.
The City of Carson has also declared the incident a public nuisance, in an attempt to clear up County funds.
On Monday Congresswoman Nanette Barragán also called on Governor Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency in Carson so the city can gain access to state resources.
“A state of emergency should be declared because this is a community of color and so many areas like ours have these environmental justice issues. This issue needs to be looked at with a keen eye,” said Hilton. “Governor Newsom getting involved would help us and it would also ensure things like this will never happen again.”