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Environmental Compliance Oversight Information

Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) has overall responsibility to ensure university compliance with environmental laws and regulations. These responsibilities are distributed throughout EHS. The Environmental Compliance program is responsible for compliance oversight with air, water, and groundwater pollution regulations. EHS works closely with other university departments on recycling, erosion and sediment control, sustainability and energy issues.

Air

Virginia Tech heats the majority of central campus with steam produced at the Central Steam Plant (Power Plant). The Central Steam Plant has five boilers (two coal fired and three natural gas/fuel oil fired). The emissions from the two coal fired boilers are controlled by scrubbers and baghouses. The emissions from the natural gas/fuel oil fired boilers do not require emission controls.

Virginia Tech is required by the EPA to have a Title V air permit which regulates the emissions of pollutants from the Central Steam Plant and other sources of air pollution on campus. EHS is responsible for ensuring that conditions of the Title V permit are followed and that the required reporting is completed. Please contact the university's environmental engineer for more information on air pollution control.

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Stormwater

Stormwater pollution control at Virginia Tech consists of programs in four areas: erosion and sediment control (primarily from construction sites), stormwater flow (primarily from paved and developed areas), stormwater runoff from industrial sites (the Power Plant and Airport), and nutrients being carried into streams and rivers by stormwater.

The erosion and sediment control and stormwater management flow programs are managed by the Facilities Site and Infrastructure Department. Additional documents and FAQs are available from this webpage, or please contact the Site and Infrastructure Department at stormwater@vt.edu for more information on these programs areas..

Both the Central Stream Plant and the Quarry have Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) for their respective areas. These plans require best management practices to reduce stormwater runoff and periodic stormwater sampling to determine compliance. Please contact the university's Environmental Engineer for additional information on stormwater pollution control.

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Sanitary Landfill

Virginia Tech operated an sanitary landfill (DEQ permit 109) in the 1970's through the 1990's when it was closed. A series of groundwater wells that surround the site monitor the groundwater. Please contact the university's environmental engineer for more information on groundwater pollution control.

Landfills also produce methane gas as the waste within them decays. The Virginia Tech closed sanitary landfill also has a series of landfill gas monitoring wells surrounding the site. These are monitored on a quarterly basis to determine if soil gas levels are within regulatory limits. Please contact the university's Environmental Engineer for more information on landfill gas pollution control.

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Petroleum Storage Tanks

Virginia Tech has petroleum storage tanks (aboveground and underground) in use across campus, at the college farms, and at various research facilities. EHS is responsible for management oversight of petroleum storage tanks to ensure that they are monitored and inspected as required by the regulations. EHS provides assistance with spill prevention planning and spill control and cleanup. Please contact the university's Environmental Engineer for more information on petroleum storage tanks.

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Nutrient Management Plans

The university has a series of nutrient management plans that govern how nutrients are land applied to soil. These nutrient management plans cover the application of manure and fertilizer to agricultural areas and well as the application of fertilizer to non-agricultural areas. Please contact the university's Environmental Engineer for more information on nutrient management plans.

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