Environmental Management

 

EH&SEnvironmental Health and Safety is responsible for monitoring gaseous emissions on campus in accordance with state and national emissions laws. We make annual calculations to determine the type and amount of pollutants emitted from generators, paint shops, print services, laboratories, animal facilities, our vehicle fleet, and other campus emission sources.

UT Dallas does not produce enough emissions to merit regulatory action nor a government permit, as defined under Title 5 of the Clean Air Act. We consult with third-party experts on emission visibility calculations and generator management. Our consultants maintain standardized equipment and work to ensure efficiency in our emission generators.

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EH&SEnvironmental Health and Safety is responsible for collecting and properly disposing of chemical waste, batteries, and other hazardous materials used in our labs. To ensure that your waste is picked up —

Hazardous materials pickup requests are not meant to be used for radioactive waste disposal.

Waste Disposal Manual (PDFPortable Document Format File, 209KB)

Waste Labeling (PPSMicrosoft PowerPoint Slideshow, 1.78MB)

When dealing with radioactive waste—

  • Storage: If possible, store radioactive waste in a remote area of your laboratory.
  • Disposal:
    • Solid & LSLiquid Scintillation Vials
      • Segregate by half-life
      • Place in a black opaque bag
      • Complete and attach a radioactive material waste tag *Please contact us for tags
      • Close securely with a plastic tie wrap
      • Contact us at 972.883.4111 to arrange for pick up
    • Biological
      • Segregate by half-life
      • Place in two black opaque bags
      • Complete and attach a radioactive material waste tag *Please contact us for tags
      • Contact us at 972.883.4111 to arrange for pick up
    • Liquid
      • Collect in a plastic one-gallon jug
      • Complete and attach a radioactive material waste tag *Please contact us for tags
      • Contact us at 972.883.4111 to arrange for pick up

* Please contact us for radioactive material waste tags.

Our recycling program covers aluminum cans, office paper, and ink cartridges; and the program is being expanded to account for more plastic products on campus and more recycling containers. EH&SEnvironmental Health and Safety works with student interest groups, such as Students for Environmental Awareness (SEAStudents for Environmental Awareness), who fully support the University’s recycling program. EH&SEnvironmental Health and Safety also helps to educate the student body in order to maintain successful recycling efforts.

UT Dallas is also researching materials exchanges for lead batteries, light ballasts, monitors, oils for fuel blending, and paints. Development is currently under way in pilot projects for the exchange of Mercury thermometers to alcohol-based units.

Other “green” UTD programs of the future may include developing a fleet information database for environmental research, monitoring of air conditioning and heating units, construction protocols, and use of alternative forms of insulation in campus buildings.

Storm water runoff is simply rain water or snow melt that runs off the land and into streams, rivers, and lakes. When storm water runs through sites of industrial activity, it may pick up pollutants and transport them into national waterways, which alter natural ecosystems, restrict swimming areas, and affect the navigability of the nation’s waters.

To help curb the problem of storm water runoff pollution, the EPAEnvironmental Protection Agency has developed a program under the Clean Water Act (33 USC § 1251). A major part of this program is the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDESNational Pollution Discharge Elimination System), which requires construction industries to register for a discharge permit. Many industrial activities can apply under a general permit. To find out if you can register under a general permit, contact your area office.

EH&SEnvironmental Health and Safety is responsible for ensuring the use of proper drainage systems for construction projects which are not covered by a general discharge permit.

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The US Department of Transportation (DOTDepartment of Transportation) and the International Air Transport Association (IATAInternational Air Transport Association) require anyone who presents hazardous materials for shipment, and their shippers, to meet DOTDepartment of Transportation/IATAInternational Air Transport Association hazardous materials regulations. These regulations require hazardous materials to be properly packaged, labeled, and accompanied by the appropriate paperwork when presented for shipment.

Employees who prepare or offer shipments of hazardous materials or dangerous goods must complete DOTDepartment of Transportation/IATAInternational Air Transport Association training requirements —

  • DOTDepartment of Transportation: every 3 years
  • IATAInternational Air Transport Association: every 2 years