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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

City government offices would have to be exempt

Here's a new form of regulation that they're trying out down in Utah: a bad smell committee that would sniff out objectionable odors so that their producers can be fined. A machine called an "olfactometer" would be brought in to verify the stench level before official action would be taken against a violator.

Just a matter of time before we have this in Portland, I suppose.

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No, that would be unfair to the homeless.

Posted by Bark Munster | April 10, 2007 2:40 PM

Portland once had Odor Monitors sniffing the neighborhoods around the city's wastewater plants. They could use them now in the mayor's office.

Posted by Shadow | April 10, 2007 2:47 PM

PDC would also have to be exempt from sniffing...at all levels.

Posted by Anne K | April 10, 2007 2:55 PM

Until I get to my laundry, could I also sign up for the Do Not Sniff list? Thanks.

Posted by b!X | April 10, 2007 3:22 PM

Hmmm a way to get rid of a city councilor..maybe a mayor.
In my berg we have a guy that has 50 cats this machine would hang him...come to think of it we don't need a machine, just a rope.lol

Posted by KISS | April 10, 2007 3:57 PM

Good, maybe we can get rid of Albany

Posted by Robert L | April 10, 2007 4:51 PM

I trust this can be used against inside, second-hand stenchers, like wearers of excessive perfume or cologne? There is somebody in my building who needs to be tracked down and cited. Can't we require that they go outdoors to wear their cloying fragrances?

Posted by godfry | April 10, 2007 5:31 PM

Who couldn't use an olfactometer?


I think they should get one in our office. ;-)

Posted by Michael | April 10, 2007 6:06 PM

Since restaurants and bakeries are exempted I would have to assume that the "Olfactometer" can't discern between good and bad odors. It still would be a judgement call.
Those guys who pump out septic tanks have a saying: "What smells like sh*t to you, smells like money to me."

Posted by James J | April 10, 2007 6:27 PM

I they did this in Portland government, there wouldn't be any left.

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