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Bellevue Utility Company Adds Rotten Egg Smell to Bills

BELLEVUE, Wash. - Paying bills usually stinks, but gas bills from a utility in Washington state will include something truly odorous this month: the stench of rotten eggs.

As part of a safety campaign, Puget Sound Energy is including a scratch-and-sniff pamphlet with its billing statements to remind customers of what leaking gas smells like. Natural gas is odorless, but providers add a chemical to the gas that has a distinctive, sulfur-like aroma similar to rotten eggs so leaks can be detected.

Bellevue based PSE serves nearly 750,000 natural gas customers in 11 counties.

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