Environmental Protection

OSEH provides assistance to all University departments in managing environmental issues. There are federal, state, and local laws and regulations that affect our activities on campus. While regulatory compliance is a primary objective, pro-active environmental stewardship and leadership receive equal attention.

Storage Tank Management Program
Storing products and chemicals such as heating oil, diesel fuel, gasoline, acids, and bases in tanks, whether underground or above grade, raises concerns over leaks, spills, and overfills. OSEH manages environmental issues associated with the University's tank systems. The University has closed or removed 153 tanks. Also, 27 tank systems have been upgraded or replaced and are routinely inspected. While many of the tanks were closed to meet legal requirements, more than 50% of the systems closed or upgraded were done as a proactive measure to reduce liability and improve the overall campus environment.

OSEH is also responsible for the collection and proper disposal of chemical, radioactive, and biological waste generated throughout the 27 million square feet of facilities during teaching, research, and clinical operations at the Ann Arbor campus. OSEH is also responsible for environmental investigation and remediation, property transaction, lease and due diligence assessments, property redevelopment and campus environmental planning issues, the OSEH Emergency Response Team, and the Pollution Prevention (P2) Program. OSEH supports the University community by providing professional services and oversight.

Chemical Use Compliance
Regulations, as well as environmental stewardship, require reporting of hazardous material storage and usage to the local community. OSEH works with campus units to obtain chemical inventories and prepares the reports required by Title III of the Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act. These reports are provided to the Ann Arbor Local Emergency Planning Committee for use by emergency responders.

  • Secondary containment design
  • Emergency response
  • SARA Title III Reporting

Research Activity
Ongoing operations and research activity must employ sound environmental practices to provide environmental stewardship and limit liabilities. OSEH works with University units to reduce or eliminate concerns and maintain compliance with the constantly changing regulations. Developing pollution prevention programs and managing environmental permits are just two examples of the assistance OSEH provides.

  • Grant review for environmental compliance
  • Assist researcher with compliance issues

Property Redevelopment
Future plans and activities at the University affect the natural environment. OSEH works with other groups on campus, during the early planning stages, to identify and eliminate potentially negative impacts on the environment. Throughout the planning process, OSEH promotes actions that have a positive effect on the environment.

  • Work on AEC design team for OSEH issues
  • Review sites for environmental issues
  • Wetland issues

Interaction/Liaison with MDEQ, MDNR, and Federal Regulators