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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
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The Department of Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management is responsible for minimizing the environmental impact of activities conducted here at MSU. These activities include, but are not limited to, emissions control, hazardous waste management, asbestos abatement, and chemical spill responses.


EHS & RM is tasked with ensuring the University's compliance with federal and state clean air regulations. Sources of air pollution at the University include:

  • Laboratory hoods
  • Boilers
  • Emergency generators
  • Printing operations
  • Solvent cleaners

Information on Minnesota's Clean Indoor Air Act can be found here

Information from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency can be found here.

Hazardous Waste Management

Hazardous waste is waste that is dangerous or potentially harmful to our health or the environment. Hazardous wastes can be liquids, solids, gases, or sludges. They can be discarded commercial products, like cleaning fluids or pesticides, or the by-products of manufacturing processes. To coordinate pick up and disposal of hazardous waste, contact EHS & RM at (507) 389-5568.

Chemical Spill Responses

In the event of a chemical spill, immediately contact the director for EHS & RM at (507) 389-5568. After hours and on weekends, contact University Security at (507) 389-2111.

ALL chemical waste from laboratories are presumed to be regulated hazardous waste materials. If you know the chemical waste is basic waste or contains no other hazardous materials or toxic metals, and the pH is between 5.5 and 11.0, you may discharge it to the sewer.

Asbestos Abatement

Here is a useful link to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's webpage that discusses asbestos in demolition/renovation. The link has several fact sheets.

For a list of products that may contain asbestos, click on the Minnesota Department of Health Website link.