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Environmental Aspects Analysis

Activity: College of Engineering – Mechanical and Aerospace 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
  • Solvent and degreaser fumes
  • Welding fumes

Degradation of air quality

Health hazards

Regulatory requirements

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

 

103a

401c

403

Eco/Human Toxicity

  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering activities
  • Chemicals exposure
  • Compressed gas cylinders/ aerosols
  • Biohazardous material exposure
  • Radiation exposure
  • X-ray exposure
  • Mercury use/storage/disposal
  • Lasers

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
  • Experiment materials

Storage concerns

Disposal/Recycling

Regulatory requirements

 

802a

802c

Hazardous Waste

  • Chemical 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

HWM 1 – 24

ST 1

TSCA 2

UW 1, 3, 4, 5, 6

 

102

107b

107c

107g

107h

107i

107l

108

Radiological

  • Radioactive materials use/storage/disposal
  • X-rays
  • Lasers

 

Health hazards

Disposal/Recycling

Potential contamination

Regulatory requirements

Storage concerns

Resource depletion

RP 1-13

 

301

302

Waste Water

  • Sterilization equipment
  • General lab experiments
  • Safety shower/eyewash runoff

Health hazards

Potential contamination

Regulatory requirements

SW - 1, 3, 4, 5

507c

Natural Resources

  • Electricity demand
  • Natural gas demand
  • Water demand

Regulatory requirements

Resource depletion

 

 

905