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General information on odours

The human nose is very sensitive to odours, and many substances that are perceived as odorous or smelly are usually present at levels below which there is a direct harmful effect. Odours can however cause annoyance amongst the population possibly leading to stress and anxiety. Some people may experience symptoms such as nausea, headaches or dizziness, as a reaction to odours even when the substances that cause those smells are themselves not harmful to health.

If you believe that odour from a regulated site is causing an odour incident please contact the Environment Agency or your local authority.

If you believe that an odour is causing a nuisance issue please contact your local authority.