The Aroma of Tacoma

The Aroma of Tacoma is an odor associated with Tacoma, Washington. The smell is similar to the odor of rotten eggs. Many possible causes have been attributed to the Aroma of Tacoma, including sediment in Commencement Bay, sulfur released from the Simpson Tacoma Kraft pulp and paper mill, a rendering plant, the U.S. Oil refinery, or a combination of all of these. In 1996, the paper mill completed a $4million cleanup and the odor has been eliminated for the most part.