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The determination of odor-based setbacks for swine facilities is an important issue for the pork production industry. Sufficient setbacks prevent costly nuisance complaints and lawsuits, and excessive setbacks stifle expansion. Therefore, a science-based setback estimation tool to guide and educate livestock producers and regulators is needed. This paper describes a new simple-to-use, site-specific setback guideline developed specifically for U.S. swine production facilities. The guideline at least partially accounts for wind frequency, land use, topography, orientation and shape, facility size, building design and management, manure handling characteristics, and odor abatement effectiveness. Odor emission factors were based in part on actual odor emission measurements in commercial swine nursery and finishing buildings. The Gaussian atmospheric dispersion model was used to conduct sensitivity analyses on certain aspects of the setback guideline. The guideline is now a planning and educational tool for determining odor impact distance from swine facilities. An interactive version of the guideline has been published on the World Wide Web at
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2000-01-01

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