Stony Brook University is committed to protecting the health of the community and the environment.
The Clean Air Act regulates any discharges to air. Stony Brook University must adhere to the strict guidelines that regulate air emissions and discharge only what is allowed or permitted. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) issues these permits.
What are Environmental Health and Safety's responsibilities?
To help protect the air quality of the Stony Brook University community and meet the requirements of our state facility permit, Environmental Health and Safety is responsible to:
- Work with Facility Services to record fuel delivery and fuel-use data and report data to NYSDEC monthly.
- Compile yearly data and file annual emission statements to NYSDEC and arrange for payment of annual fees.
- Working with facility operations to ensure they are aware of permit requirements, operate below their permit limit and reduce the discharge of pollutants whenever possible.
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Protecting the Stratospheric Ozone Layer
Chlorofluorcarbons (CFCs) have been used in the manufacture of many products, but when allowed to escape they can drift into the upper atmosphere and react and destroy the ozone there. Stratospheric ozone blocks UV-B radiation from reaching the earth. More radiation reaching the earth could result in a rise in skin cancer and cataracts. Stony Brook University is working to phase-out the use of ozone-depleting chemicals and the Clean Air Act bans the release of refrigerants during service. Recycling of refrigerants helps to conserve CFCs. Environmental Health and Safety is helping to facilitate the discontinuation of ozone depleting chemicals by:
- Helping to facilitate the discontinuation of ozone depleting chemicals such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFC's) and 1,1,1-trichloroethane.
- Encourage the change-over to non ozone-depleting solvents and alternate refrigerants such as HFC-134a.
- Require the reclamation and recycling of CFCs by EPA certified technicians using certified equipment.
Property Control will not pick up refrigeration equipment for disposal until the refrigerant has been removed. To have the refrigerant removed call either the:
- West Campus Physical Plant at (631) 632-6400
- WCPP HVAC Manager at (631) 632-4485
- East Campus Physical Plant HVAC shop at (631) 444-6974
- ECPP HVAC Manager at (631) 444-1980