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. EP3 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.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Storage Tank Division is responsible for the protection of the public health and the environment from releases associated with aboveground and underground storage tanks. The DEQ regulates the design, construction, installation, and operation of certain aboveground storage tanks storing flammable and combustible liquids, liquefied petroleum gas, and compressed natural gas for purposes of fire safety. Tank installation plans are reviewed and tank inspections are performed on all new tanks required to be certified. All tank projects at the University of Michigan must be reviewed by the Occupational Safety and Environmental Health Department (OSEH). All plan submittals and communication to the DEQ must go through the OSEH Department. Contact OSEH, Environmental and Hazardous Materials Management at 936-1920 for more information.