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Environmental Aspects Analysis

Activity: College of Science – Chemistry

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 experiments

Degradation of air quality

Health hazards

Regulatory requirements

Fire/Explosion concerns

AQ 1, 2, 3, 6, 19

103a

401c

Eco/Human Toxicity

  • Chemistry and Biochemistry activities
  • Mercury use/storage/disposal
  • Biohazardous material exposure
  • X-ray exposure
  • Radiation exposure
  • Infectious materials exposure

Health hazards

Regulatory requirements

Potential contamination

Fire concerns

BIO - 10

HWM 1 -24

RP 1-13

TSCA 2

UW 3

 101a

102

104

105

107g

202

203

205a

301

Energy

  • Computer operations
  • Lab equipment (i.e. Bunsen burner, centrifuge, balance, spectrometer, etc.)

Resource depletion

Regulatory requirements

905

Solid Waste

  • Office and equipment waste
  • Silica

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
  • Mercury-containing instruments
  • Used oils
  • Infectious waste/sharps disposal

Health hazards

Storage concerns

Transportation concerns

Disposal/Recycling

Fire concerns

Regulatory contamination

Resource depletion

BIO - 10, 11, 12

HWM 1 - 24

ST 1

TSCA 2

UW 1, 3, 4, 6

101a

102

107c

107g

107h

107i

108

205a

Radiological

  • Radioactive materials use/storage/disposal
  • X-ray use
  • Laser use

Health hazards

Disposal concerns

Potential contamination

Regulatory requirements

Storage concerns

Transportation concerns

Resource depletion

RP 1-13

301

302

Waste Water

  • Acid neutralization tanks
  • Sterilization equipment (i.e. autoclaves)
  • General lab experiments
  • Safety shower/eyewash runoff

Health hazards

Potential contamination

Regulatory requirements

SW 1,3,4,5

105

507a

507c

507d

Natural Resources

  • Electricity demand
  • Natural gas demand
  • Water demand

Regulatory requirements

Resource depletion

905