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Draft PPS18: Renewable Energy
Annex 1 Energy from Waste (Thermal Processes) Planning Issues: Ambient Air Quality & Odour

D27. A plant that complies with licence requirements for air pollution might still give rise to odours. For large projects such as MSW incinerators odour is covered under the IPPC authorisation, and for smaller projects it is covered under the local authority authorisation. The sources of odour nuisance may not always be emissions through chimneys and vents from the works, but could arise from open-air storage, handling or transport of waste materials or their products. In identifying sites for Energy from Waste plants in local plans and in considering planning applications for them, planning authorities will wish to bear in mind that some problems may be created by odour, particularly where a site is close to housing or other odour-sensitive land uses.
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