Air districts must update odor rules

Published: Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014 - 11:04 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 - 6:26 pm

Re "Chili-sauce struggle puts state in hot spot" (Editorial, April 18): The Editorial Board was spot-on about defending Sriracha against a handful of harassers in Irwindale. However, odor rules are grossly subjective and no air district has the stomach to change them.

One Air District rule says you can't emit an annoying odor, but the same rule goes on to exempt smells from raising fowl or animals. Senate Bill 1224 instructed air districts to address repeated and unwarranted odor complaints.

Yes, the strategy for residents to harass a company by incessantly calling in odor complaints is very real. To date, not a single air district has addressed repeated and unwarranted odor complaints. The result is 61 complaints against Sriracha from four households.

In the end, Californians should demand air district odor laws be based on science, no subjectivity.

-- James Simonelli, El Dorado Hills

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