environment minister Michael Meacher said today, as he published
draft revised guidance on air pollution standards for animal
of animal rendering plant, focusing in particular on cutting out
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.