Officials Investigate Foul Smell That Is Causing Headaches, Nausea in Huntington Beach

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Huntington Beach Pier in this undated file photo. (Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

A surfer leaves the water at the Huntington Beach Pier in this undated file photo. (Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

A recurring foul odor that some residents say causes headaches and nausea is a serious issue and needs more focus, says a Huntington Beach city councilman who wants a special committee to be formed on the issue.

“Not enough progress is being made to address the source of the odor,” Councilman Billy O’Connell said in a statement proposing the item.

The city said in a post last week on its website that the odor wasn’t believed to be “an immediate life safety issue.”

The South Coast Air Quality Management District is leading an investigation.

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