Environmental Protection

Air Emissions

Wright State University operates several air emission sources that are regulated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Air Act. EHS works with those departments who operate these sources to ensure proper permitting, air emission controls, and recordkeeping requirements are met.

Visit the EPA website for more information on the air emission program.

Contact EHS for more information on the university’s air emission program.

Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures Plan

The EPA, through the Clean Water Act, establishes the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rules designed to prevent or contain the discharge of oil into waterways.  The rules apply to facilities that store or use oil (as defined by the EPA) over certain threshold quantities that pose a threat to waterways in the event of a spill. 

Wright State University exceeds the threshold quantities based on campus oil storage and use in underground and above ground storage tanks, hydraulic elevators, transformers, emergency generators, and miscellaneous container storage.  The rule requires covered facilities to develop and implement a written SPCC Plan that contains measures to prevent and control oil spills, including those resulting from human operational error or equipment failures. 

EHS has developed the university’s SPCC plan and works with those departments who have activities that are covered under the plan.

Visit the EPA website for more information on the SPCC program.

Contact EHS for more information on the university’s SPCC program.

Storm Water Management

Wright State University infrastructure is designed with of a separate storm sewer system for the management of storm water runoff from campus.  This system collects runoff for discharge at various points on campus. The EPA considers this system a non-traditional municipal separate storm sewer system and as such WSU is required to obtain a storm water discharge permit. 

The permit requires the university to develop and implement a storm water management program designed to reduce the discharge of pollutants to the maximum extent practicable, to protect water quality, and to satisfy the requirements of the Clean Water Act.  

EHS has obtained the required permit, developed the required storm water management program, and works with those departments who have activities that can affect storm water quality. 

For more information on the EPA’s storm water program visit their website at: EPA Stormwater Info.

View the Storm Water Permit (PDF) for Wright State University.

Contact EHS for more information on the university’s storm water program.

Underground Storage Tanks

Wright State University operates several underground storage tanks on campus for fueling vehicles. 

EHS works with the departments that operate these tanks to reduce the risk of an accidental release of tank product and to comply with applicable UST rules and regulations. All tanks are regulated by the State Fire Marshal’s Bureau of Underground Storage Tanks Regulations (BUSTR).

Contact EHS for more information on the university’s UST program.