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Why Does Odor Control Cost so Much?

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The one thought on every owner's mind when it comes time to include odor control for their collection system or wastewater treatment plant facilities is why does odor control cost so much? Aside from the obvious capital and operating cost elements involved in: capturing and containing the odors at the unit operations (covers or structures over the odor emitting areas); conveying the odors from the source to the treatment technology (duct work); treating the foul odors (technology) in a single or multiple stage treatment system; operating, maintaining, monitoring, and optimizing the system, what is it that drives up the cost involved in implementing odor control? The answer to that question is directly linked to the planning process where Community and Regulatory drivers play a key role in dictating the degree of odor control required and thereby the capital and operating expenses that will need to be incurred by the owner.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2008

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