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County Air Pollution Control District investigates rotten egg odor in Goleta

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Residents in western Goleta are complaining about a bad odor in the early mornings and late evenings. 

Resident Paula Reynosa says she's noticed the odor for a couple of days now, some days worse than others.
 
"Smells like rotten eggs, very putrid. It just gets into your nose and it's kind of like irritating to your breathing. (I) noticed a lot more coughing, a lot more sneezing," she said. 
 
Janet Belch says this isn't the first time she's had to deal with the smell. 
 
"I've experienced it for many, many years as an on and off thing and we've all asked a number of times to have it be investigated," she said. 
 
The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District and agencies are investigating the cause.
 
Inspectors detected hydrogen sulfide, a gas that produces a rotten egg smell, in the Elwood Canyon area on Sunday.
 
"The levels we conducted in the community were very low, well below any threshold for action to be taken," said Aeron Arlin Genet, Air Pollution Control District Director. 
 
Genet says West Goleta and this part of the coast are historically known for these types of odors and they are looking into what caused this specific incident. 
 
Meanwhile, to avoid what's described as a "horrific smell," residents are staying indoors and closing their doors and windows. 
 
"Put the cat inside. That's pretty much what we did and we just kind of like don't breathe, don't go for a walk tonight," Reynosa said. 
 
County officials conducted another inspection Tuesday night and results found no gas.
  
They say if you experience a stronger odor than normal, call 911 immediately. 

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