CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – A malfunctioning pump is to blame for a rotten egg smell in western Chesterfield.
Columbia Gas of Virginia says an oderizer pump sprang a leak Saturday morning causing the natural gas additive, Mercaptan to seep into the community.
The leak lead to numerous complaint calls from residents fearing a gas leak.
Columbia Gas says Mercaptan is a harmless, non-toxic chemical but in a concentrated form, the smell is almost unbearable.
The additive is so powerful it takes only a few parts per million to give natural gas a smell.
The odor will dissipate harmlessly into the atmosphere during the day.
Columbia Gas says technicians have already begun repairs on the pump.