Evaluation of odour annoyance through repetitive surveys - Evidence from a case study

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P14I1   One way to assess odour nuisance is to apply a survey to the area of influence of an activity that potentially impacts the surrounding community. Repeated surveys were carried out in neighbours of the waste water treatment plant at Chimbarongo, Chile, during the years 2017 and 2018, using the VDI3883/1 model questionnaire.

   In parallel, an odour impact measurement was carried out by means of field inspection, using a simplified methodology of VDI3940/1. Odour hour frequencies were generally determined well below the German regulatory threshold of 10%, which was also supported by ex-ante odour dispersion modeling.

G. Schleenstein

 ECOTEC INGENIERIA SPA, Santiago, Chile

   Competing interests: The author has declared that no competing interests exist.

   Academic editor: Carlos N Díaz.

   Content quality: This paper has been peer reviewed by at least two reviewers. See scientific committee here

   Citation: G. Schleenstein 2019, Evaluation of odour annoyance through repetitive surveys - Evidence from a case study, OLORES19 Conference, Santiago, Chile, www.olores.org.

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   Keyword: VDI3883, NCH3387, VDI3940, NCH3533, odour memory


Abstract

   One way to assess odour nuisance is to apply a survey to the area of influence of an activity that potentially impacts the surrounding community. Repeated surveys were carried out in neighbours of the waste water treatment plant at Chimbarongo, Chile, during the years 2017 and 2018, using the VDI3883/1 model questionnaire.

   In parallel, an odour impact measurement was carried out by means of field inspection, using a simplified methodology of VDI3940/1. Odour hour frequencies were generally determined well below the German regulatory threshold of 10%, which was also supported by ex-ante odour dispersion modeling.

   Notwithstanding the above, neighbours consistently reported high odour nuisance. There are some indications of a general sensitivity to odours, so a possible "odour memory effect” is suspected, which may have resulted from malodours in the past.

 

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