Environmental Programs

The environmental programs group provides assistance with permit applications, and guidance regarding compliance with local, state and federal environmental regulations. Please contact the Environmental Manager prior to any project to review potential permitting requirements. Below we provide a brief overview of the type of projects and activities regulated by environmental laws.


Miami University's Oxford campus is supported by its own Utility Systems (i.e. boilers, chillers and generators) which require air emissions permits from the Ohio EPA. Due to the size and impact of the steam plant boilers, all sources of air emissions on the Oxford campus must be included in the Title V Permit. Although the Title V permit was issued in May 2002, new emissions unitas such as emergency generators, fume hoods, spray booths, etc. can be added by approved ES&RM staff.

Miami University operates boilers, generators and associated pollution control equipment in accordance with the OEPA permit requirements. Quarterly, Semi-annual and Annual Emissions Reports are submitted to the Hamilton County Dept. of Environmental Services. The Steam Plant and other permitted sources are inspected by the local agency once in two years. The following emissions sources are covered by the Title V Permit:

  • Boilers
  • Underground Storage Tanks
  • Generators
  • Spray Paint Booth
  • Lab Fume Hoods
  • Emergency Generators
  • Ceramic kilns
  • Coal Pile
  • Incinerator
  • Aboveground Storage Tanks

Contact ES&RM if you are planning to install any piece of equipment that has a stack or venting system on any campus of Miami University in Ohio. Smaller emissions units such as emergency generators and small boilers may qualify for Permit-By-Rule applications which require notification and no permit fees. Larger units may require a Permit to Install & Operate, which can take several months.


All discharges (except storm water) from Miami University buildings and facilities must be connected to the sanitary drainage system leading to the City of Oxford's Wastewater Treatment Plant. Contact the City of Oxford Engineering Division for specific permit information. Any point-source discharge to a natural water body must be permitted under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).

Non-point sources of water pollution are a major concern and the Ohio EPA regulates certain activities under the General Permit Program. These activities include Construction Sites, which must comply with the Construction Site General Permit. The following documents will assist Project Managers at Miami University:

Construction Site Storm Water Permit (NPDES)

Underground Storage Tanks

In the State of Ohio UST's are regulated by the Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (http://www.com.ohio.gov/fire/bustMain.aspx ) (BUSTR) in the State Fire Marshall's office. The University Fire Marshall & the Environmental Programs group can assist with regulatory requirements. Please contact them in advance.

Miami University UST's are registered with BUSTR and insured by the Ohio Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Release (PUSTR) Compensation Board. If you are considering installing an aboveground/underground storage tank, contact ES&RM first. There may be specific leak detection and testing requirements that will impact your project costs.

Oil Spill Prevention

The SPCC rule applies to any facility which stores more 1,320 gallons of petroleum products in aboveground containers (>55 gallons size). MU-Hamilton, MU-Oxford & the MU Airport are subject to this rule. Annual SPCC training is provided for all oil-handling employees by the EHS Office.

Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasure Plan (SPCC)


Dan Fetrow
Environmental Manager
164 Cole Service Building
Tel: (513) 529-7213