2023 Spill Containment Exercise 

REVISED DATE - Tuesday, September 26

Campus Spill Containment Exercise

The university will conduct a joint oil spill response exercise with the Champaign Fire Department and other local agencies on Tuesday, September 26, between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The exercise will begin near Abbott Power Plant and the intersection of S. Oak Street and Armory Avenue and continue northward along storm sewers to the Boneyard Creek and possibly to points downstream. 
For questions, contact Bill Walsh wwalsh@illinois.edu, 217-300-7707.

Emergency Spill Response

Accidents happen! If you witness an environmental spill, contact emergency personnel promptly. Environmental Compliance maintains a reporting protocol that outlines the procedures to be followed in the event of a release. The protocol is for general use by university students and staff. This Standard Operating Procedure provides directions to follow if a suspect substance is released or discovered.


If a release is LIFE THREATENING, dial 911.

If a release is NON-LIFE THREATENING, call the Service Office (217) 333-0340.

After hours, press 0 to be redirected to Public Safety.

Give the following information if it can be obtained safely:

  • Location of the release (facility address and phone number)
  • Date and time of the release
  • Type of substance released
  • Source of the release
  • Spill location (inside building or outside building)
  • Estimate total quantity released
  • Estimate quantity that entered a storm sewer, sanitary sewer, Boneyard Creek, or Embarras River
  • Cause of the release
  • Damages or injuries caused by the release
  • Actions used to stop, control or mitigate the effects of the release
  • Whether any life is threatened by the release
  • Other persons who have been contacted