Air

Environment, Health & Safety (EHS), Environmental Permitting and Planning (EP3) manages air permits and emission limits for University of Michigan (U-M) and is the liaison with state and federal regulators regarding all air quality issues.  Rule 201 of the Michigan Air Pollution Control Rules requires a person to obtain an approved Permit to Install for any potential source of air pollution.  The need for a permit depends on the equipment function, size, and fuel type. At U-M, examples include:

  • Coating application booths
  • Boilers
  • Generators
  • Sterilizers
  • Processes that may emit air pollution

Call EP3 at (734) 936-1920 regarding:

  • Permits and air quality control equipment
  • Air emission units
  • Initial start-up notification for the air emission units
Boilers

Rules:

Purpose: To control hazardous air pollutants from new and existing industrial, commercial and institutional boilers, and process heaters at major sources of hazardous air pollutants.

Emergency Generators

Rules:

Purpose: To limit amount pollutants emitted by emergency generators.

Resources:

Ethylene Oxide (EtO) Sterilizers

Rule: MDEQ General Permit to Install for Ethylene Oxide Sterilizers

Purpose: To reduce EtO emissions to the atmosphere by at least 99.9%.

Refrigeration Appliances

Rule: Section 608 of the Clean Air Act Amendments and the requirements of 40 CFR Part 82, Subpart F

Purpose: To minimize the release of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) from refrigeration appliances.

U-M minimizes the release of ozone –depleting substances through its Refrigerant Management Program (RMP). The RMP:

  • Recycles ODS
  • Minimizes the release of ODS to the ambient air by  servicing, repairing, maintaining, and disposing of refrigeration appliances
  • Maintains proper records of refrigerant consumption, technician training, and recycling and recovery equipment certification
    NOTE: To dispose of refrigeration appliances, go to the Refrigerants Web page located under Hazardous Waste.
  • Ensures proper repairs are made for units with significant leak rates

Refrigerant Management Program Forms

References: U-M Plant Mechanical Systems/ Air Conditioning Department