CHAPTER 1

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

6.0 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION MANAGEMENT

   

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION MANAGEMENT (extension 7-0515)

 

The Environmental Protection Management (EPM) program performs in a team-based approach to provide day-to-day environmental management activities throughout the UTMB campus community.  Listed below are routine program services:

 

·        Manage the Hazardous Waste Disposal Program – implement federal, state, and local regulations pertaining to the handling, storage, transportation, recordkeeping, and disposal of hazardous waste.

·        Provide technical assistance and training to the University community on identifying and disposing of waste.

·        Provide assistance to personnel working with processes that generate hazardous chemicals or wastes in applying source reduction and waste minimization measures – program examples include silver reclamation for film developing, solvent distillation, and mercury reduction.

·        Inspection or audit campus for environmental compliance.

·        Develop and manage air and water pollution control strategies, plans, and programs.

·        Provide hazardous material emergency spill response.

 

 

Environmental protection programs include air, water, and land matrices.  UTMB received a Title V Operating Permit in 2005 which provides a compilation of federal and state air requirements to minimize air pollutants.  This permit outlines regulations for monitoring and recordkeeping requirements for campus utilities (i.e., boilers, emergency generators, incinerator and autoclave processes, fuel tanks, and lithographic printers). 

 

In 2003, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) introduced Phase II storm water regulations for discharges of storm water runoff from construction sites. UTMB maintains operational control of construction project plans and specifications, including the ability to make modifications as required.  The Contractor is responsible for the day-to-day operational control of activities necessary to ensure compliance with a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) for the site.  The Contractor will be required to obtain permit coverage along with UTMB.

In 2005, EPM implemented an Environmental Management System that tracks the regulatory requirements through a calendar/email notification process for assignment of environmental reporting and procedural responsibilities.  The computer-based program is used as an information resource to provide environmental aspect references, clear definitions for staff roles and responsibilities, and reporting functions.  This team approach is used to ensure environmental compliance initiatives and programs are communicated campus-wide. 

 

In 2006, TCEQ staff audited UTMB’s environmental compliance programs to assess performance and identify improvement opportunities.  TCEQ recommended UTMB to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Environmental Performance Track (NEPT) program; a program for recognizing top environmental performers.  As a member to the NEPT program, UTMB has committed to sound environmental management, continuous improvement, public outreach, and sustained environmental compliance through 2010.