No Decision at SoCal Meeting Over Sriracha Factory Stink

Despite fiery words Wednesday night, the fate of a Southern California hot sauce factory is yet to be decided as residents call the factory a public nuisance because of its spicy emissions.

The Irwindale City Council held a public hearing about the Sriracha factory, but no agreement was reached over how to move forward with the business' alleged stench.

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Last November, a judge ordered the plant to stop producing the smells until air-quality experts can determine how to mitigate them.

But the Los Angeles suburb says residents have continued to complain about eye-stinging fumes.

As debates continue, the city council could find that the plant is a public nuisance -- a step that at some point could lead to a shutdown order. But most people at Wednesday's meeting were searching for a solution, not for a shutdown.

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Plant owner Huy Fong Foods says it's proposed ways to deal with the problem and hopes residents will work to compromise.

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