Perspectives: Field Notes

Fume Control: Stop the Stench!

Odor control is becoming a more critical task for plants

By Dirk Willard, Contributing Editor
Jan 13, 2016

The smell from the fermenter exhaust at our plant was horrible. The gas chromatograph specified the exhaust composition to the nearest ppmv but no words could describe its stench to mortal man. Not surprisingly, our neighbors in the industrial park in Bakersfield, Calif., turned their noses up at the aroma wafting over our fence. We paid the fines; I couldn’t justify a treatment project. That was quite a while ago, though. Today, a reeking plant usually creates a public stink that may jeopardize its ongoing operations.

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