Skip to main content

The Review of the Odour Legislation

Buy Article:

$17.50 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Or sign up for a free trial

Abstract:

Odours are often the most significant contributor to air pollution complaints. Many countries have incorporated odour emissions into their environmental legislation during the past few decades and as a result continue to upgrade this legislation. There are many sources of odour emissions including industrial, municipal and agricultural sectors.

Odours have always been discharged from all types of agricultural operations but this sector is becoming increasingly important because of the growing number of concentrated animal feeding operations and, in many countries, the advancement of housing developments into rural areas. Hence, there appears to be a need for continued development of odour legislation for this sector and, because of national priorities to protect agriculture and the nature of these operations, this legislation may be quite different from other sectors.

Legislation covering most types of air pollutants, such as dust, metals, acid gases, volatile organic compounds and semi-volatile organic compounds tend to be fairly consistent in those jurisdictions which have such legislation. Odour legislation, however, tends to be much more varied and ranges from no specific mention in environmental legislation to extensive details which include odour source testing, odour dispersion modeling, ambient odour monitoring, setback distances, process operations and odour control procedures.

This paper covers the three approaches to legislate environmental odours including a qualitative approach in which odour is regarded and assessed as a nuisance, quantitative in which odour standards are provided for assessing odour data obtained form ambient air measurements or odour concentrations predicted from a combination of source odour testing and atmospheric dispersion modeling and operational requirements which may include setback distances, specific operating procedures and specific odour control equipment.

This paper summarizes the legislations in Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Asia.

Keywords: Odour; ambient sampling; dispersion modeling; legislation

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2175/193864710802767902

Publication date: 2010-01-01

More about this publication?
  • Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation is an archive of papers published in the proceedings of the annual Water Environment Federation® Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC® ) and specialty conferences held since the year 2000. These proceedings are not peer reviewed.

    A subscription to the Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation includes access to most papers presented at the annual WEF Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) and other conferences held since 2000. Subscription access begins 12 months after the event and is valid for 12 months from month of purchase. A subscription to the Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation is included in Water Environment Federation (WEF) membership.

    WEF Members: Sign in (right panel) with your IngentaConnect user name and password to receive complimentary access. Access begins 12 months after the conference or event
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Membership Information
  • About WEF Proceedings
  • WEFTEC Conference Information
  • Learn about the many other WEF member benefits and join today
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more