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Odour Guidance UK

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  Odour guidance 2010 Version 1January 2010  Odour guidance 2 Important note  This guidance is intended for specific internal SEPA use only. It could change because of changes to legislation,future Scottish Government guidance or experience in its use. In the interests of transparency this guidance may bemade available to non-SEPA staff, but it has no status other than internal guidance to SEPA staff. It contains simplifiedguidance based on complex legislation which is subject to change and does not constitute legal advice. SEPAcannot be held liable for any errors and omissions in this guidance. Compliance with the law remains theresponsibility of operators. If operators have concerns over compliance, they should seek professional advice orcontact their regulator.  Odour guidance 3 Contents Introduction ....................................................................................................................................................................................................4Aims....................................................................................................................................................................................................................4Regulatory frameworks for addressing odour......................................................................................................................................4 Part 1: General fundamentals of odour ..................................................................................................................................7 1.1 What is an odour?....................................................................................................................................................................71.2 Effects and Health impacts of odour ................................................................................................................................71.3 Why assess odour?....................................................................................................................................................................81.4 What is an offensive odour? ................................................................................................................................................81.5 Parameters associated with odours..................................................................................................................................101.6 Monitoring odours ................................................................................................................................................................10 Part 2: New or changed facilities ..........................................................................................................................................13 2.1 Planning consents..................................................................................................................................................................132.2 Environmental licence..........................................................................................................................................................132.3 Assessing odour release for the purpose of determining an application for an environmental licence...142.4 Controlling the release of odorous substances in environmental licences ........................................................172.5 Setting Emission Limit Value type conditions in licences ........................................................................................19 Part 3: Regulating operational facilities ..............................................................................................................................20 3.1 Obligations ..............................................................................................................................................................................203.2 Routine Inspections and compliance assessment........................................................................................................203.3 Investigations..........................................................................................................................................................................20 Part 4: Incident and complaint response including investigation and enforcement ................................................21 4.1 Categorising an incident and suggested enforcement options..............................................................................234.2 Activities operating without an environmental licence............................................................................................284.3 Other consideration ..............................................................................................................................................................28 Part 5: Working with communities........................................................................................................................................29Glossary of terms and acronyms ............................................................................................................................................31 References and other sources of information ......................................................................................................................34Appendix 1: Describing and characterising odour............................................................................................................................36Appendix 2: Statutory code of practice on odour control of odour from WWTPS: odour risk assessment..................49Appendix 3: Odour complaint checklist and guidance....................................................................................................................52Appendix 4: Odour control techniques ................................................................................................................................................60  Odour guidance 4 Introduction The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is Scotland’s environmental regulator. Our aim is to provide anefficient and integrated environmental protection system for Scotland that will help to improve the environmentand contribute to the Scottish Government’s goal of sustainable development. We use regulation to protect andimprove the environment, which means we are responsible for issuing environmental licences and permits across awide variety of activities. The conditions of licences and permits are set to minimise the risk of harm to theenvironment and human health.Protecting the environment from pollution 1 resulting from the release of odorous substances is one of the mostchallenging aspects of our work. The assessment and identification of this type of pollution can be subjective andthe impact highly variable. These factors all contribute to the challenge for SEPA to be a fair and proportionateregulator whilst at the same time ensuring that the interests of affected people are protected.This guidance applies to both licensed and unlicensed activities (see Part 4) that fall under the relevant legislation,but there is an emphasis on ensuring compliance with environmental licences. It is acknowledged at the outset thatcertain activities are likely to produce odours from time to time.This guidance is intended to support our regulatory activities including licensing and enforcement actions (asspecified in our enforcement policy). Any response by SEPA to an odour complaint, or any potential odour releasefrom a SEPA regulated activity, has to be consistent with our enforcement policy.This guidance should be taken into account when considering the grant or review of an environmental licence foractivities that may give rise to the release of odorous substances; in particular to ensure that adequate controls arein place to avoid significant pollution as a consequence of the release of odorous substances. Aims This guidance has been provided for SEPA officers engaged in regulating potentially odorous activities. Thisdocument aims to provide practical guidance on how and why odours occur, how they can be investigated, howthey can be mitigated and the roles and responsibilities of SEPA.The field of odour measurement and control is very wide in scope and is continually developing. This guidance hasbeen prepared after reviewing a number of key information sources such as national guidance in the UK, Europeand the rest of the world. It aims to make use of best practice in the control and approach to the regulation of emissions of odorous substances from activities we regulate. It may therefore be reviewed and updated as required. Regulatory frameworks for addressing odour There are several industrial, agricultural and domestic activities that can give rise to odours. SEPA has a remit toregulate the emission of odours from industrial and agricultural activities if they are subject to controls under thePollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (as amended) – known as “the PPC regulations” – orPart II of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, which is the waste management licensing regime and is known as“Part II of EPA90”. Together these pieces of legislation are referred as “environmental legislation”. 1 Depending on the regulatory regime “pollution” and “pollution of the environment” have specific legal definitions. Reference must always be made to the specific definitions in therelevant legislation.
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