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A lid must be put on offensive smells from animal rendering, ...
A lid must be put on offensive smells from animal rendering,

environment minister Michael Meacher said today, as he published

draft revised guidance on air pollution standards for animal

rendering plants.

The guidance will toughen existing statutory advice on the regulation

of animal rendering plant, focusing in particular on cutting out

offensive smells.

Launching the consultation, Michael Meacher said:

'Animal rendering plant are notoriously smelly. Improvements have

been made over the past few years but people living nearby are still

suffering distress and more needs to be done.

'So, today, I am issuing for comment guidance which makes clear that

we will no longer tolerate smelly rendering plants. When agreed, I

expect the regulators, local authorities, to apply the new guidance



1. Air pollution (including odour) from animal rendering plant is

regulated by local authorities under Part I of the Environmental

Protection Act 1990. All such plant must be authorised.

Authorisations must contain conditions aimed at minimising air

pollution using the Best Available Techniques Not Entailing

Excessive Cost (BATNEEC).

2. Statutory guidance is issued to local authorities on air

pollution control standards for different sectors covered by the

1990 Act. This consultation exercise invites comments (by [date:

6 weeks]) on a draft revision of the guidance note which applies

to animal rendering processes. The previous guidance note gave

prevention of offensive odour as only an aim. The draft revision

makes this an absolute: 'All emissions should be free from

offensive odour outside the site boundary, as perceived by the

local enforcing authority inspector' (Clause 13), subject to

extremely limited qualifications.

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