More odor issues on the horizon?

Upscale southern California city discusses pump exhaust deodorizers

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I’ve sometimes heard folks say that new government regulations – whether we’re talking about automobile emissions or work safety standards – often have their genesis in sunny California. And a recent very small media report out of the hometown of the stars, Malibu, Calif., caught my attention and got me to wondering about a potential regulation trend in the liquid waste industry.

According to the Malibu Patch, residents of the upscale oceanfront town are complaining about septic service providers causing unpleasant odors by transferring collected waste from smaller trucks needed on narrow streets to reach beachfront mansions into larger tanker trucks used to make disposal runs. It seems like the scents that are a byproduct of the transfer are not considered the “smell of money’’ for the wealthy homeowners in this neighborhood as they are in the pumping community 

The focus of the Malibu City Council has been on banning the practice of transfer outside of some acceptable area where odors wouldn’t be an issue. But the story also hinted that carbon filter technology for truck vacuum tank exhaust may be a solution to the problem. You can read the full story here:

The questions are, have you faced similar issues over vacuum tank exhaust odors? Have you solved the problem with a pump exhaust deodorizer available through industry manufacturers? And do the political rumbling in one small but influential California city foreshadow more widespread regulations over odors associated with waste collection?

I want to know what you think. Post your comments right here or send me an email at


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