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  • Hundreds of complaints about bad odors such as "Hard to breathe because of the smell of gas"... Why? = Korean coverage
Hundreds of complaints about bad odors such as "Hard to breathe because of the smell of gas"... Why? = Korean coverage
Hundreds of people complained of odors, mainly from surrounding areas, after leaking odorants from a landfill site in Incheon.

According to the Metropolitan Landfill Management Corporation and others, around 3:00 pm on November 17th, about 30 liquid odorants were found at a food wastewater bio gasification facility in a landfill site in Seo District, Incheon City.

Odorants are substances that are added to natural gas or city gas to notify the presence or absence of harmful substances or explosive substances by smell. It is said to be harmless to the human body, but even a small amount of it will irritate your nose and give off the smell of rotten onions and eggs.

Due to the leak of the odorant, many complaints about bad odors occurred in the area around the landfill site in Seo Ward, Incheon City. The stench was found to have spread to neighboring Geyang-gu, Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, and Gangseo-gu, Seoul.

Mr. Kang (33), who lives in Geumam-dong, Seo-gu, Incheon, said, "When I got off the subway on my way home, the whole town was covered in a bad smell, and it was difficult to breathe. I was worried because my child was coughing because of the smell."

On local Internet bulletin boards, there were a series of postings complaining of anxiety, such as, "The smell is so bad that I feel dizzy," and "I wonder if there was a gas leak."

At around 5:54 p.m. on the same day, Seo-gu, Incheon sent a safety information email, informing them of the leaking of odorant in the landfill site in the metropolitan area, saying, "We have completed measures to prevent further leakage" they announced.

The Metropolitan Landfill Management Corporation removed the odorant tank, collected the odorant using absorbent cloth and soil, and spread deodorant to prevent the odor from spreading.

A person involved in the construction of the landfill said, "The leak occurred during the removal work of equipment related to the odorant."

Published : 2022/11/21 10:30 KST



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