Air Program

Health Sciences CenterStony 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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What are your responsibilities?

  • Ensure that your equipment and associated pollution control equipment is operating correctly.
  • Always keep containers of volatile materials lightly closed to limit evaporation and reduce fugitive emissions.
  • Clean-up any gasoline or other volatile chemical spill before they evaporate and become air pollution.
  • Report any chemical spills to EH&S at (631) 632-6410. The EPA has more information on safe handling of fuel at home.
  • Have your vehicle's air conditioning system checked at a certified shop. If the system needs to be repaired, ensure the system is recharged with HFC-134a, an alternate refrigerant.
  • Open air burning of refuse or other materials is not allowed in New York State unless a permit is obtained. Read all about the Clean Air Act. More information on stratospheric ozone can be found at the EPA web site.

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