• Water Lillies Image (Photo Credit: Jeff Miller & UW Communications)
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Environmental Compliance

UW-Madison is committed to complying with all local, state and federal air regulations aimed at protecting public health and the environment.

Air Management

Outdoor Air Quality

The UW-Madison Air Pollution Control Operation Permit is managed through EH&S. Contact EH&S for outdoor air quality concerns or for more information on the campus air permit

Air permits for the heating and cooling plants located on the UW-Madison campus are managed directly by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA). Related inquiries should be directed to the DOA-DFD Architecture & Engineering Bureau, Engineering & Technical Support Section contact for heating plants.

Indoor Air Quality

The Environmental & Occupational Health (EOH) program assesses the air quality of classrooms, laboratories and other campus buildings; collects and analyzes mold spore samples; conducts air monitoring to evaluate chemical exposure health risks; and evaluates ventilation design and performance. Contact EOH for indoor air quality questions or concerns.

Oil Pollution Prevention

The Oil Pollution Act SPCC regulations, as issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA; 40 CFR 112), aim to prevent the discharge of oil in harmful quantities into or upon the navigable waters or adjoining shorelines of the United States. A Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasure (SPCC) plan, as required under these regulations, should be used as a reference for proper oil storage, as a tool for spill prevention, as a guide for facility inspections and tank testing, and as a resource during emergency response to control, contain and clean up an oil release.

UW-Madison is committed to maintaining the highest standards for preventing discharges of oil to navigable waters and the environment through the implementation of the campus SPCC plan. EH&S manages and coordinates updates to the campus SPCC plan, as well as SPCC plans at University Agricultural Research Stations and other UW-Madison controlled properties. Facility personnel designated as Facility Emergency Coordinators are directly accountable for overall spill prevention and response at each site covered under an SPCC plan.



The UW-Madison campus stormwater permit is managed through the EH&S. UW-Madison is a co-permittee of the Madison-area Group WPDES Municipal Storm Water Discharge Permit and strives to meet stormwater management goals and permit requirements in ways such as, but not limited to, stormwater Illicit Discharge and Elimination program implementation, installation of stormwater best management practices, and maintenance of effective policies and procedures to protect water quality from snow and ice melt, fertilizers and pesticide use on UW-Madison controlled properties. Contact EH&S for more information on campus stormwater issues.

Drinking Water & Water Quality

The Environmental & Occupational Health (EOH) program monitors campus water quality, investigates drinking water complaints, conducts water analyses, monitors campus swimming beaches and pools and also evaluates campus stormwater runoff into Lake Mendota. Regional water quality information can be found on the Department of Public Health for Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) Water Quality page.

Pesticide Use

The University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) is committed to protecting employees and the environment from hazards associated with pesticide use on University lands and controlled properties. Accordingly, the UW-Madison Environment, Health & Safety Department (EH&S) has developed the UW-Madison Pesticide Use Policy to reflect community standards, outline “best practices” and comply with state and federal regulations concerning pesticide use at UW-Madison facilities. Through this policy, UW-Madison endeavors to minimize pesticide exposure risk to all potentially affected individuals and the environment. Thus, the policy major objectives are:  

  • Ensure that UW-Madison students, faculty, staff and visitors are informed of University pesticide use practices through correct notification procedures.
  • Define responsibilities of UW-Madison departments, facilities, agricultural workers, pesticide users and their supervisors.
  • Minimize pesticide-contaminated runoff from UW-Madison lands into lakes, ponds and streams.

Please see the complete UW-Madison Pesticide Use Policy and the EPA Worker Protection Standard (WPS) guidance document for more information.

Additional Resources        

Application Announcements        

Questions regarding pesticide use/handling, storage, disposal and worker protection can be directed to the Chemical Safety Office. Questions regarding runoff and stormwater management on campus can be directed to the Environmental Compliance Specialist.

Egger, Chris
Environmental Compliance Specialist