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The original item was published from 8/12/2022 4:44:00 PM to 8/20/2022 12:00:07 AM.

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Posted on: August 12, 2022

[ARCHIVED] What is going on?

door to door

What is going on?

  • A tanker is venting a chemical called Mercaptan which has an odor similar to a rotten egg smell
  • Air monitoring is taking place at the site and surrounding areas
  • The air monitor readings show it is safe to be outside
  • We will continue to monitor the air until this incident is over


What symptoms can I expect to see with this chemical?

  • Mild and temporary irritation in your throat, eyes, and possibly skin.


Who should I call if I feel very sick?

  • Contact your doctor, urgent care, or go to the closest hospital


Is it safe to go outside?

  • Yes, because air monitoring indicates it is safe to be outside


Is this smell harmful to my pets?

  • The smell is more of a “nuisance,” but if your pet is not acting normal, call your veterinarian


What if my home has an odor that is not there normally?

  • Wait until the odor levels go away and then open your windows and use fans to exhaust outside your home


Can I use my air conditioner?

  • Yes, it is safe to use your air conditioner


How long will this last for?

  • We are working as fast and safely as possible to solve this problem, but it can take up to a few days


Where can I find out more information?

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  • Call Center: 856-384-6800 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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