Odour Impact Assessment From Developments

Odour Impact Assessment From Developments

Noxious or offensive odours are a frequent cause for complaint by the community and may cause environmental nuisance. Nuisance odour emissions from a facility may create a poor perception of its activities in the local community, sour the facility’s relations with the community and may make it unwelcome in the community. Potential odour impacts are best identified at the planning stage and addressed prior to the commencement of operations. Proponents of new developments or modifications to existing facilities that may give rise to noxious or offensive odours need to determine the sensitivity of the receiving environment to such odours and demonstrate the use of best practice environmental management techniques to manage odours. The outcome required by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP), and as typically set out in its concurrence conditions for development approvals, is that any release of noxious or offensive odours will not cause a nuisance at any odour sensitive place.

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