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Environmental Aspects Analysis

Activity: College of Engineering – Civil Engineering

In order to increase the utility of this manual, the team undertook an effort to produce a sample aspect analysis. This sample was expanded to include a cross reference of Texas state environmental regulations, Federal regulations, as well as a listing of best management practices. Please click on the references below to further investigate the regulatory references and best management practices provided as links below.

Aspects

Impacts

Applicable

Regs

Applicable

BMPs

Air Emissions

  • Chemical fume hoods
  • Point source emissions from research projects
  • Welding fumes
  • Particulate matter/dust

Degradation of air quality

Health hazards

Regulatory requirements

AQ 1, 2, 3, 6, 12, 13, 19

 

103a

401c

403

Eco/Human Toxicity

  • Civil engineering activities
  • Biohazardous material exposure
  • Chemicals exposure
  • Mercury use/storage/disposal
  • Compressed gas cylinders/ aerosols
  • X-ray exposure
  • Lasers
  • Radiation exposure

 

Health hazards

Regulatory requirements

Potential contamination

Fire concerns

HWM 1 – 24

RP 1-13

ST 1-21

TSCA 2

UW 3

101a

102

105

108

203

301

302

506a

Energy

  • Computer operations
  • Lab equipment

Resource depletion

Regulatory requirements

 

 

 

905

Solid Waste

  • Office and equipment waste
  • Soil/Concrete
  • Experiment materials

Storage concerns

Transportation concerns

Disposal/Recycling

Regulatory requirements

 

802a

802c

Hazardous Waste

  • Chemical/biohazardous experiments   
  • Batteries (rechargeable, nickel, cadmium, lithium, etc.)
  • Compressed gas cylinders/aerosols
  • Lead
  • Mercury-containing instruments
  • Used oils
  • Paints

 

Health hazards

Storage concerns

Transportation concerns

Disposal/Recycling

Regulatory requirements

Potential contamination

Resource depletion

Fire concerns

ST 1

TSCA 2

UW 1, 3, 4, 5, 6

HWM 1 – 24

 

102

107b

107c

107g

107h

107i

107l

108

Radiological

  • Radioactive materials use/storage/disposal
  • X-rays
  • Lasers
  • Equipment emitting radiation

Health hazards

Disposal/Recycling

Potential contamination

Regulatory requirements

Storage concerns

Transportation concerns

 

 

RP 1-13

 

301

302

Waste Water

  • Sand/Grit trap
  • General lab experiments
  • Safety shower/eyewash runoff

Health hazards

Pre-treatment

Potential contamination

Regulatory requirements

 

SW - 1, 3, 4, 5

507c

Natural Resources

  • Natural gas demand
  • Water demand
  • Electricity demand

Resource depletion

Regulatory requirements

 

 

905