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Tufts University generates air pollution from a variety of operation and maintenance activities. The federal Clean Air Act requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set limits on the amount of a pollutant that can be in the air anywhere in the United States.  The Massachusetts Air Program has been developed in conformance with the CAA and its amendments and is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) as delegated by the EPA.

Emission sources at Tufts include:

  • Emissions units: boilers, emergency generators
  • Ozone Depleting Substances: refrigeration equipment containing CFCs, CFC; halon fire suppression systems
  • Cooling towers
  • Asbestos demolition, repair, or construction.
  • Use of chemicals for research that produce volatile organic compounds: embalming/morgue operations, lab fume hoods, paint spray booths, ceramics/printing, chemical use for research.
  • Operation of University vehicles and commuting



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