"Ooooh that smell. Can't you smell that smell?"
Presidents Island Industrial Association
— Lynyrd Skynyrd
"I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord"
- Phil Collins
Thursday could be stinky and If you wonder why, the answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.
A Presidents Island company will be “performing an operational process” from 7 a.m. To 4 p.m. Thursday using a chemical that smells like rotten eggs or sulfur, according to Memphis Light Gas & Water (MLGW). The company is Excel TSD, a waste management and environmental services company.
“Depending on the wind/weather conditions, residents and businesses in various areas could smell this strong, sulfuric odor on this date,” read a Wednesday news statement from MLGW.
The chemical is mercaptan and MLGW said its the same “chemical odorant” that it adds to natural gas to give it that rotten egg/sulfur smell so that it can be detected.