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Clean air agency investigating odor

The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency is investigating a strong odor in downtown Spokane.

The source of the manure-like odor hasn’t been identified, but it’s present across several blocks of the downtown area.

Spokane Wastewater Management Director Dale Arnold said he has directed crews to check sewers downtown. He said it does not appear that the scent is coming from city sewers and that the odor smells more like rotting food than sewage.

Crews also are checking alleys and paying particular attention to areas around restaurants to see if a container holding grease or other food waste is leaking, Arnold said.

Officials say the scent can be smelled in areas near River Park Square, the downtown Public Library, the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza and areas around Spokane Falls Boulevard near Riverfront Park.

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