What's that smell? Foul odor reported across Southern California

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bad smell holding nose What's that smell? Foul odor reported across Southern California

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) – Regional air quality monitors are trying to determine whether a foul odor spreading across parts of Southern California is coming from the Salton Sea.

South Coast Air Quality Management District spokesman Sam Atwood says investigators are in the field Monday trying to determine the source of a “strong, rotten egg/sulfur odor” that’s been reported across much of the district’s 10,000 square miles.

The district has received 200 calls since midnight.

The odor could be coming from the Salton Sea, a 376-square-mile saltwater lake about 150 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Atwood says wind patterns can churn up the sea, causing bacteria to surface and cause a stench. Another source could be a wastewater treatment plant, but officials have not found any indication that’s the cause.

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