petition for an European Odour Legislation   A group of people of the ZUT University in the city of Szczecin in Poland have taken de decision to make aware to the European Parliament about a gap in the environmental legislation related to odour levels in ambient air. This group is calling on the Commission to prepare a draft legislation to regulate the presence of odours in the environment. The members of this group led by Mr Bogdan Ambrożek ask you to back this petition.

 You may be aware that there is no European Environmental Directive about odour levels in ambient air. This is a serious issue that affects not only to the European Citizens who have to deal with odour annoyance in their environment but also to the European Industry actors, who need a clear framework to develop their activities. That is why a  group of academics from a well-known odour laboratory of the Polish city of Szczecin has promoted this petition to the European Parliament and ask anyone interested in signing this petition. The more people that sign this petition, the better chances to start this important discussion in the European Parliament.

intensive unit   A week ago the Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2017/302 of 15 February 2017 establishing best available techniques (BAT) conclusions for the intensive rearing of poultry or pigs was published. These conclusions are compulsory following the Industrial Emission Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council and set specific points regarding environmental issues for large intensive units. The good news is that odour management is a key issue in this document. The bad news is that no Emission Levels Associated with BATs (BAT-AELs) for emissions to air of odours have been set, just for ammonia, which is not quite the same. It seems that there is a general fear to set limits in terms of odour units or meters of setback distance.

   The Industrial Emission Directive (IED) defines a legal framework in Europe related to environmental permitting and thus odour emission. This regulation applies to Intensive rearing of poultry (more than 40 000 places), pigs over 30 kg (more than 2000 places) and sows (more than 750 places) in 39 countries in the EU under the European Environment Agency (EEA) umbrella.

bref waste chemicl   The Commission implementing the decision establishing the Best Available Technique (BAT) Conclusions for this sector has been published on the Official Journal of the European Union. This Best Available Technique REFerence (BREF) document covers the entire chemical sector and provides information on aqueous and/or gaseous releases from chemical installations and the good news is that odour management is a key issue in the Common Waste Water and Waste Gas Treatment/Management Systems in the Chemical Sector.

    As mentioned before, the BAT Conclusions (from now on, 'the Conclusions') have been published on an official journal. That makes this document a law.

   There are three BAT techniques approved for odour Management for this industry: the BAT 6, the BAT 20 and the BAT 21.


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