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XVIII. Environmental Management

 

1.0          Environmental Management

 1.1          Environmental Management on campus involves managing the impact that we have on the environment.  The Sustainability and Environmental Management Committee reviews and drafts environmental policy and programs to assist the University with improving compliance, pollution prevention, environmental education, stewardship, and sustainability.  Information on the committee and its activities can  be found at http://emc.tamu.edu.

1.2          Environmental impacts are well regulated by both the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Environmental Health and Safety has developed programs to help the campus comply with the regulations and reduce its impact on the environment.

 2.0          Hazardous Waste Program

2.1          The intent of the Texas A&M Hazardous Waste Program is to protect water, land, and air by providing a means to handle and dispose of hazardous waste using environmentally sound methods.  The program helps employees at Texas A&M determine what is considered a hazardous waste, how to label and store the waste, and ultimately what is needed to have the waste disposed.  It can be found in its entirety at http://ehsd.tamu.edu/HazardousWasteManagement.aspx.

 3.0          Pollution Prevention Plan

3.1         In an effort to reduce the amount of waste on campus and its impact on the environment, Texas A&M has developed a Pollution Prevention Program.  The goal of this program is to reduce the amount of material that becomes waste through increasing process efficiency and discouraging unnecessary chemical purchases.  The program also looks into ways of improving waste disposal by giving preference to recycling and treatment that may prevent the waste from going to a landfill. Details about the program can be found at http://ehsd.tamu.edu/PollutionPrevention.aspx.

 4.0          Storm Water Management

4.1          Improper management of storm water can cause damage and pollution to our natural resources.  A Storm Water Management Plan was created for the University to reduce the effects that our activities have.  The plan includes public education and involvement, inspections, litter control, spill prevention, and structural controls.  For further information about the Storm Water Management plan, please contact EHS at (979)845-2132 or email at enviro-mgmt@tamu.edu.

5.0          Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures

5.1          Our Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC) is designed to compliment this effort by preventing spills from accruing and reducing their impact on the environment when they do occur.  This plan has requirements for bulk storage of certain chemicals, training, emergency response, and decontamination procedures.  For more information about the SPCC, please contact EHS at (979)845-2132 or email at enviro-mgmt@tamu.edu

5.2          To report a chemical spill, can contact the Texas A&M Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team by called EHS [(979)845-2132] during business hours or (979)845-4311 after business hours.