SOURCE: Clean Air Strategic Alliance

Clean Air Strategic Alliance

November 03, 2015 15:20 ET

New Good Practices Guide Developed to Help Manage Odour Issues in Alberta

EDMONTON, AB--(Marketwired - November 03, 2015) - A new guide developed by the Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA) brings together, for the first time in the province's history, comprehensive resources on odour management that span prevention, mitigation, assessment, regulatory management and odour complaints.

The Good Practices Guide for Odour Management in Alberta is a reference guide that explains some of the most common tools used in assessing, preventing and managing odours and provides guidance on the general situations and circumstances in which specific tools may be most effective. The guide brings together a wealth of information that industry, regulators and government can use to develop odour management plans and requirements.

"The guide was prepared with Alberta in mind and it is relevant to our province," said Humphrey Banack, Vice-President of the Alberta Federation of Agriculture and co-chair of the CASA Odour Management Project Team. "That said, general odour concerns are consistent across many jurisdictions and the tools in the guide can be applied elsewhere, just as we looked at other jurisdictions to find tools that could be used in Alberta."

Odour is one of the most common air quality complaints and is often a challenging issue to address. Odour sources vary and are often transient in nature, but when odours are detected they can directly and indirectly affect health and quality of life. Odour-related conflicts often arise when residential or recreational activities and industrial, municipal, agricultural or commercial activities converge.

"As industry changes and operates closer to populated areas, odour management and odour issues are receiving more attention," said Banack. "The guide provides great information and tools that organizations can use to manage odours and handle complaints, whether they are preparing for a new facility or managing an existing one."

Decisions and recommendations related to the development of the guide were agreed to by consensus of the multi-stakeholder project team and task groups. CASA will review the guide's content every five years to ensure it remains relevant, especially with respect to advances in technology.

The Good Practices Guide for Odour Management in Alberta, as well as the source reports used in its development, are available online at casahome.org.

About CASA

The Alberta Clean Air Strategic Alliance is a multi-stakeholder alliance composed of representatives selected by industry, government and non-government organizations. Through two decades of dedication, CASA has emerged as one of Canada's most productive multi-stakeholder organizations. CASA's policy advice and regulatory frameworks have had a lasting influence on the management of air quality in Alberta.

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Contact Information

  • Inquiries may be directed to:
    Amanda Stuparyk
    Project Manager
    Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA)
    Direct phone: 780.427.9793
    Email: astuparyk@casahome.org