WILMINGTON, N.C. — North Carolina environmental officials are trying to discover the cause of a cat urine smell in a coastal city where residents say the odor is overwhelming on some days.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports more than a dozen residents alerted the state Department of Environmental Quality on Nov. 25 because the smell was so bad.

DEQ officials are investigating several industries as a source. Brad Newland of the state Division of Air Quality’s office in Wilmington says it’s possible that all those industries are causing the smell.

The odor isn’t new. Newland was part of a team that studied it in the 1990s.

Residents should call 910-796-7215 to report smells. Newland says investigators should be alerted immediately because it’s difficult to find a cause once the odor has dissipated.

Information from: The StarNews, http://starnewsonline.com

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