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City blames New Jersey for sulfuric, urine-like mystery odor

For those of you lucky enough to have not yet smelled a sudden, overwhelming odor reminiscent of cat urine recently, you may have seen our story last week. Plenty of people did (it got more than 75 comments).

Turns out that the smell is likely coming from across the Delaware River. Councilman Mark Squilla’s office told us that the city’s Air Management Services office said it had been receiving complaints about the odor and that PGW, the Fire Department and AMS had been unable to determine any source in Philadelphia.

“Most likely it is coming from New Jersey due to the wind direction,” AMS said. A new power plant built by New York-based LS Power is about to open in West Deptford, N.J., directly south of the Navy Yard, putting South Philly in the path of a potentially foul summer breeze. The projected opening date for the natural gas-burning plant is Aug. 1.

A power plant like this Georgia one (pic from NPR) is opening soon in West Deptford, N.J.

A power plant like this Georgia one (pic from NPR) is opening soon in West Deptford, N.J.

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