Washington State University
SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL

PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
6.55
Revised 1-05
Environmental Health and Safety
335-3041

Air and Water Pollution Control

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RESPONSIBILITY

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), Facilities Services, Operations, Facilities Services, Capital, and other University departments are responsible for preventing air and water pollution in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local regulations.

REPORTING CONCERNS/EMERGENCIES

During Regular Working Hours

Contact EH&S; telephone 509-335-3041.

During Off-Hours for Concerns

Contact the Facilities Services, Operations dispatcher; telephone 509-335-9000.

During Off-Hours for Emergencies

Dial 911.

POLLUTION SOURCES

Air Pollution

Air pollution sources at WSU include the Steam Plants, Medical Waste Incinerator, Feed Plant, Seed Plant, Compost Facility, ethylene oxide sterilizers, laboratory fume hoods, open burning, and fugitive dusts generated during construction and other activities.

Water Pollution

Water pollution sources at WSU include road/parking lot runoff, construction activities, and farming practices. Industrial discharges to the sanitary sewer (or storm sewer, in some instances) include discharges from animal holding facilities, the Steam Plants, Medical Waste Incinerator, EH&S Treatment Facility, photo chemical waste processing units, sewage spills, as well as other discharges.

Storm Sewer and Sanitary Sewer Discharges

Departments and individuals are not allowed to discharge materials such as chemicals, waste oils, paints, soil, manure waste water, and other deleterious substances to either storm or sanitary sewers without prior approval from EH&S.

Contact EH&S, telephone 509-335-3041, for the proper disposal procedures for all nonradioactive materials. Contact the Radiation Safety Office (RSO) for the proper reporting and disposal procedures for radioactive materials or radioactive waste; telephone 509-335-8916.

ROLE OF EH&S

EH&S helps assure that all applicable federal, state and local regulations regarding air and water pollution are met.

Services Provided

EH&S:

ROLE OF RSO

The RSO helps assure that all applicable federal, state, and local radiation control regulations are met with regard to radioactive discharges to the environment.

Services Provided

RSO: