Guia Olores Chile SEIA    The Service of Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the Ministry of Environment of Chile has just published an interesting (in Spanish) "Guideline for the evaluation and prognosis of odour impacts in the System for Environmental Impact Assessment  (SEIA)". This guideline describes different tools for the evaluation of the odour impact, from traditional ones like, odour surveys or olfactometry + dispersion modelling to the newer ones such as field inspections with the grid or the plume method. This guideline has been made simple for industrial operators and people who are new to this environmental field to learn a bit more about odour impact assessment.

   The Ministry of Environment of Chile  has been for a few years working in different activities related to odour management. They have organized a few initiatives such as the courses they organized in 2013 or the International Seminar that we organized thanks to their support  in 2014. All these initiatives have been very successful, and they have had a great impact in the expansion of the knowledge about odour management, but there was a need for document that summarized all the approaches and tools used nowadays to calculate the odour impact. This very interesting guideline (unfortunately, just in Spanish) get the aim of summarizing all the techniques used for odour management in just one text. But, does it define any odour impact criteria?

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   In 2013, the Ministry of Environment developed a Strategy for the Management of Odour in Chile for the period 2014-2017, motivated by the problematic in the generation of odours in the country and the necessity of actions.

   The purpose of this document is to inform about the implementation of the Strategy and to propose future actions. The conclusions are intended to be an input for the promotion of a dialogue on public policies on odors as an environmental pollutant, based on the continuous learning among countries that initiate regulatory processes in the field.


D. Caimanque

Departament of Noise, Luminic and Odours
Ministry of Environment Chile
San Martín 73, Santiago – Chile.




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   In this paper we will try to introduce some of the information that a group of 14 experts from different countries is discussing regarding odour regulations.

   The aim is to publish the first critical review over odour legislation in several parts of the world, analysing not only from a descriptive way any single regulation, but also from a critical point of view. This review will try to identify points to improve and will offer alternatives to some common issues when dealing with regulating the odour impact. The final paper will be published in a Journal not determined yet.


Anna BOKOWA 1, Carlos DIAZ 2*, Jacek A. KOZIEL 3, Michael McGINLEY 4, Jennifer BARCLAY 5, Günther SCHAUBERGER 6, Jean-Michel GUILLOT 7, Robert SNEATH 8, Laura CAPELLI 9, Vania ZORICH 10, Cyntia IZQUIERDO 2, Ilse BILSEN 11, Anne-Claude ROMAIN 12, Maria del Carmen CABEZA13

1 EOC Environmental Odour Consulting Corp., Oakville, ON, Canada,
2, Bilbao, Spain
3 Iowa State University, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Ames, Iowa, EEUU
4 St.Croix Sensory Inc., Stillwater, MN, EEUU
5 Independent Consultant, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand
6 WG Environmental Health, Unit for Physiology and Biophysics, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria
7 Ecole des Mines d’Ales, LGEI, Alès cedex, France
8 Silsoe Odours Ltd., Silsoe, Bedford, Bedfordshire, UK
9 Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento CMIC “Giulio Natta”, Milano, Italia
10 The Synergy Group, Ecometrika, Santiago, Chile
11 VITO, Flemish Institute for Technological Research, Mol, Belgium
12 University of Liege, Arlon, Belgium
13 Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible – Dirección de Asuntos Ambientales Sectorial y Urbana – Colombia


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