Consultation on odour guidance for compost sites

A new consultation has been launched by the Environment Agency on revised guidance on odour management at permitted composting facilities.

Posted on 31 July 2009

A new consultation has been launched by the Environment Agency (EA) on revised guidance on odour management at permitted composting facilities.
 
The draft guidance is a revision of the H4 Odour Guidance (2002 version) and covers issues such as:
 
• Perception, impact and acceptability of odour
 
• The EA's regulatory approach
 
• Proposed changes to odour conditions
 
• The importance of odour management plans
 
• Risk assessments and odour monitoring
 
• Measures for the controlling of odour
 
• Forms for recording levels of odour
 
Businesses are encouraged to participate in the consultation, with the Environment Agency particularly looking for feedback on their overall regulatory approach to odour and the role of Odour Management Plans (OMPs).

New guidance has also been published by the Environment Agency for compost site operators on bioaerosol monitoring procedures.
 
The new bioaerosol protocol outlines the procedures that should be used as a minimum standard to test for risk and bioaerosols, including the following:
 
• Continual monitoring of wind speed and direction
 
• Sampling upwind of the site at 50 metres away
 
• Sampling downwind of the site up to 25 metres away
 
• Using filter or Andersen testing to monitor bioaerosols

Posted under Environmental Regulations and Legislation and Food and Drink on 31 July 2009