Irwindale City Council delays deciding fate of Sriracha factory (updated)
Update 6:58 p.m. Vote delayed until next meeting
As supporters, residents and media swarmed Irwindale City Hall Wednesday night, waiting to speak and hear the council's decision on the Sriracha plant's fate, the Irwindale City Council voted to table a resolution until the next meeting. Pasadena Star-News reporter Sarah Favot tweeted the following:
After months of some residents complaining, the Irwindale City Council is set to vote on whether or not the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha plant is a public nuisance, NBC-LA reported.
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ordered Huy Fong Foods in November to stop “emitting anything that causes odors" at its Irwindale plant, after residents complained of air and health problems created by the grinding of chilis. Coughing, and burning sensations of the eyes and throat are among complaints residents raised with the plant's fumes.
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If the plant is declared a public nuisance at the 6:30 p.m. meeting, Huy Fong Foods has until July 22 to stop the reportedly harmful chili odors or city officials can go into the factory and make changes themselves, according to the Pasadena Star-News.
Sriracha factory workers and supporters rallied outside City Hall Wednesday, emphasizing how a plant shutdown would result in 200 jobs lost.
Huy Fong Foods is considering moving the plant elsewhere and has been peppered with offers from locations near and far.
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Twitter was abuzz Wednesday with photos of the rally outside Irwindale City Hall:
This story will be updated.