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Subject 40-16-4 RENDERING PLANT ODOR CONTROL

Rule 40-16-4-.01 Definitions

(1) All definitions in Section 4-4-40 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated are hereby incorporated into this Rule by reference thereto.
(2) "Malodor" with regard to this chapter means a bad smell, stench or odor offensive to the senses.
(3) "Malodor Control and Assessment Program (MalodorCAP)" means a site-specific plan that addresses malodors and corresponds to the plant's layout and equipment, location, production, complexity, personnel and corporate philosophy. It is a preventive system of controls that outline measures for evaluation and control of odors involving raw material transporation and handling, processing, wastewater treatment and air emission control systems.
(4) "Odor" with regard to this chapter means the property or quality of a thing that affects, stimulates, or is perceived by the sense of smell, as opposed to odorless.
(5) "Refuse" with regard to this chapter means byproducts of the food processing industry and is not to be construed as solid waste.

Rule 40-16-4-.02 Inspection of Premises

The Commissioner or his designated agents are authorized to enter rendering plants at anytime for the purpose of inspection and determining compliance with the Georgia Rendering and Disposal Plant Law and rules of this chapter, including without limitation the presence of a malodor.

Rule 40-16-4-.03 Premise Requirements and Performance Standards for Owner and/or Operator

(1) Rendering plants must be cleaned and sanitized daily to prevent odor and the accumulation of refuse.
(2) Malodor Complaints.
(a) Records must be maintained for all malodor complaints that are registered directly with designated plant personnel. These records must be maintained for a period of one year and will be made available for inspection at the facility by the Commissioner or his authorized representative upon request.
(b) Malodor complaints shall be recorded on a form approved by the Department of Agriculture and the following information requested from the complainant:
1. Name, mailing and physical address, and telephone number of the complainant;
2. Date and time of the complaint;
3. Date and time of the alleged malodor;
4. Description of alleged malodor; and
5. Additional pertinent information (weather conditions, visual observations,

etc.).

(c) Each rendering plant shall develop a complaint response plan and such plan shall be implemented for each malodor complaint received by the plant.
(3) Each rendering plant shall develop, implement and maintain a Malodor Control and Assessment Program (MalodorCAP). The MalodorCAP will be subject to review and inspection by the Department of Agriculture.
(a) The MalodorCAP shall:
1. Include a process diagram of the facility showing the major processes; truck holding, unloading, and loading operations; malodor control systems; and wastewater treatment and disposal systems. The diagram shall identify the buildings in which these processes and systems are located and identify all malodor control systems;
2. Identify the critical control points on the process diagram where equipment or operational procedures are necessary to control malodors;
3. Identify the critical limits that must be met at each critical control point and establish a monitoring system for each. Parameters monitored shall include, but not be limited to, those required by the rules for air quality control Chapter 391-3-1 by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, Air Protection Branch;
4. Establish corrective action procedures that will be taken when a deviation from the critical limit is identified during critical control point monitoring;
5. Establish effective record keeping systems that document adherence to the MalodorCAP, including the monitoring of critical limits and corrective actions taken when the critical limits are exceeded. Such records are to be maintained at the plant for a period of one year from the date of completion and shall be available for inspection at the facility by Department of Agriculture personnel; and
6. Establish a procedure to periodically review the MalodorCAP operation, verify its effectiveness, and determine necessary improvements.
(b) The MalodorCAP should be a systematic approach that evaluates and validates the production sequences and controls any area or point in the production sequence that contribute to a malodorous situation.

Rule 40-16-4-.04 Penalty for Violation

Any person, firm, partnership, or corporation that violates any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.