EIGHT MILE, Ala. (WALA) - Residents in Eight Mile said the have been dealing with a foul odor in their area and they want answers. FOX10 is hearing two different explanations from officials about where the smell is coming from.
The city of Prichard claims the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) determined the smell is from groundwater contamination.
ADAM said they said they are suspicious of the groundwater, but have not confirmed it yet.
Wednesday the City of Prichard released a statement about the smell:
"In an update to Mayor Ron Davis, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) stated it has determined that the smell is groundwater contamination."
"ADEM is sending a sample to their laboratory to determine the type of contamination. The results will be available in approximately two weeks. After receiving the results, ADEM will conduct more tests to determine the source of the contamination. The city of Prichard will release further information as soon as it is received."
ADEM spokesman Scott Hughes said the agency hasn't yet determined where the smell is coming from.
"The verdict is still out. We've had people out there on numerous occasions for the past several weeks trying to identify a specific source," Hughes said.
The City of Prichard claims ADEM already knows the groundwater is contaminated.
"They have determined that there has been a contamination on the creek water source out in that area," said Mayor Davis.
ADEM officials admit potential groundwater contamination might be the source. But, they said they will collect more data to try to confirm their suspicion.
"We certainly have a suspicion that groundwater could be impacted, and could be contaminated, and could be contributing to the smell in Eight Mile," Hughes said.
ADEM said after it can confirm the smell is indeed from the water, they will better be able to identify the source. Residents said they just want the smell to go away.
"It's the kind of strong and a person who has asthma or a breathing problem—it would be kind of bad on them," said Eight Mile resident Lillian Rivers.
Davis said the drinking water shouldn't be impacted by the possible contamination.
"Drinking water shouldn't be a concern because we receive our water from mobile water and sewer services," Davis said.
ADEM officials said they will follow through on their suspicion and when they know for sure, the public will know. We will follow up with both ADEM and the city of Prichard to see if they can agree on where the smell is coming from and what they will do about it.
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