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printreg, September, 2001
Re: Odor Regs and Testing

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From: Ronald J. Pinkoski (rjpinkoski@deq.state.va.us)
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 11:51:19 EDT

Here's how it's done in Virginia. DEQ air compliance inspectors respond to citizen complaints of offensive odors; chemical, biological, etc. If the compliant is serious enough, and can't be resolved through discussions with the source, DEQ will send an odor panel to determine if the odor is serious enough to warrant corrective action (not all that scientific, it's more of a sniff test and survey). DEQ then works with (directs) the generator to reduce/eliminate the odor. 

Virginia Regulation:
9 VAC 5-140-140 Standard for Odor No owner or other person shall cause or permit to be discharged into the atmosphere from any affected facility and emissions which cause an odor objectionable to individuals of ordinary sensibility.

9 VAC 5-40-150 Determination of Violation
A. The determination of objectionable odor shall be made after a thorough review of all data or evidence relating to the situation which may be obtained by an investigation directed by the (Air Pollution Control) board. As part of the investigation, the board, at its discretion, may hold a public hearing in accordance with 9 VAC 5-20-40 A 1 to hear complaints. The investigation may also include use of an odor panel survey and other methods approved by the board, or both.

B. Upon determination that an odor violates 9 VAC 5-40-140 the owner shall use such measures as approved by the board for the economically and technologically feasible control of odorous emissions.

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