odour legislation in europe   You probably remember that a group of people of the ZUT University in the city of Szczecin in Poland promoted a decision to the European Parliament about a gap in the environmental legislation related to odour levels in ambient air. Many European and not-European citizens adhered to that petition and after a year and a half the final reply was sent. Today the European Parliament sent to the participants of this Petition 0884/2016, a draft agenda indicating that the petition has been proposed to be closed.

 These bad news regarding the petition of a group of people of the ZUT University led by Mr Bogdan Ambrożek for a new odour legislation in Europe were actually a bit expected after having a look to the Commission reply published this February. The Commission mentioned at that time that "odour should best be addressed at local level by the competent authorities" and "it (the Commission) does not intend to propose any additional specific requirements regulating odour nuisances".

Cardona   Achieving the designation of being the first accredited laboratory in Colombia to provide the service of dynamic delayed olfactometry, is the result of a process of innovation and incursion into the environmental diagnosis field, starting from the implementation of different regulations and legal requirements that are applicable at both national (Colombia) and international levels.

   For example, the presidential decree 1600 of 1994, that establishes the compulsory of the laboratories to accredit their technical competence before the Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies Institute (IDEAM), which is the entity designated to manage and coordinate the environmental information system; the resolution 0176 of 2003, that establishes the accreditation procedure of environmental laboratories in Colombia, and so on...

J. Cardona*, E.Ramirez

Gestión y Servicios Ambientales S.A.S. (GSA S.A.S.), Calle 33A # 71-03 (Medellín – Colombia)  *gsasas@gsasas.com

biological waste odours BREF   The 17th of August, the Decision of the European Commission establishing the best available techniques (BAT) conclusions for Waste Treatment (WT), have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. This legislative text mentions fifty-three BATs for use in WT. Among those 53 BATs, the BAT number 34 includes 5 techniques: Adsorption, Biofiltration, fabric filter, thermal oxidation and wet scrubbing. This legislation sets a range of 200 to 1000 ouE/m3 as the maximum allowed odour concentration for these BATs for biological treatment of waste.

   The last meeting of the Technical Working Group that discussed the renovation of the former BAT Reference (BREF) Document on Waste Treatment (WT) took place in march 2017. After a few drafts and plenty of discussion, the final draft was published in October 2017. This final draft marked a new milestone in the odour management for twenty-eight (28) countries of Europe, as it was the first BREF that included an odour emission limit. This month the final conclusions of this BREF have been published and this odour limit is now law.