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What’s up with the sewage gas smell that is sometimes noticed in some restaurants downtown?

Q. What’s up with the sewage gas smell that is sometimes noticed in some of the restaurants in historic downtown?  I have also noticed this same smell in some restaurants in historic Charleston, SC.  Is it coming from the old tunnels underground?

A. Restaurant inspectors with the New Hanover County Health Department do not keep records of sewer gas smells, according to Ricky Gibbs, a senior environmental health program specialist with the department. However, Gibbs said there are several possible explanations for the odor, including a blockage that forces sewer gas back into a building or an in-kitchen grease trap, which forces restaurant employees to pop the lid in order to clean.

Gibbs said the health department has received no complaints regarding sewer smells in downtown restaurants. The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority has not received complaints either, according to Carey Disney Ricks, a spokeswoman for the authority.

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  1. On May 11, 2012 at 7:45 am Pat wrote:

    It is probably not the restaurants you are smelling.
    When I moved here 20 yrs. ago I even called the EPA..and this was the answer from them and also later from lifetime residence. When the weather change from cold to hot or hot to cold the marsh growth breaks down and a gas like smell is in the air. So it is not the paper plant or progress energy or the chemical plant or the restaurants but the living and dying marsh which surrounds our area.

    note;Our restaurants do a great job downtown and always have high ratings.



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