I Need a Nuisance Odor Prevention Plan – Should I Be Afraid? by Mark. A. Perkins, P.E.

Since 1990, 30 TAC§309, Subchapter B has governed siting of wastewater treatment facilities. Rule §309.13(e)(2) makes development of a nuisance odor prevention request an option for owners who, for various reasons, cannot achieve buffer zone criteria detailed earlier in the chapter.

This paper discusses nuisance odor prevention requests prepared for plant facilities ranging from very small packaged plants to larger municipal facilities. The essential elements of a nuisance odor prevention request (plan) will be addressed. What basic components are required, what does the TCEQ staff considerer when reviewing and approving the requests, and what circumstances may trigger the need for a more robust plan.

The TCEQ has recently required certain permittees to prepare odor prevention plans for facilities as a condition of enforcement action, and has requested such plans for off-site biosolids stockpile and disposal locations. These plans can be more complex and difficult to develop, as the level of scrutiny is increased considerably. Additional considerations for these plans will be discussed, as will options that should be considered when these needs arise.

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