Environmental Violations

Are you concerned about an environmental situation within your community but don't know where to go for answers? Here is a list of numbers to call to report any type of activity you suspect may not be in compliance with federal environmental regulations. Information is also provided on the difference between environmental violations and environmental emergencies.

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What types of activities might be considered environmental violations?

An environmental violation occurs when an activity or an existing condition does not comply with an environmental law or regulation. Environmental violations can include (but are not limited to):

bulletBusinesses: bulletSmoke or other emissions from local industrial facilities; bulletAuto shops tampering with emission control or air conditioning systems in automobiles; bulletImproper treatment, storage, or disposal of hazardous wastes; bulletLate night dumping or any criminal activity including falsifying reports or other documents. bulletConducting activities that requirte a permit without having the permit in advance; bulletDrums of chemicals, oils, gasoline, etc. stored outside and leaking bulletDumping, storing, or applying ANY spent industrial material of ANY kind to the land without a permit or written exepmtion (this is operating a landfill without a permit, and includes even dirt-like materials, like spent sand blast media) bulletPublic Utilities: bulletExceedances of pollutant limits at publicly-owned wastewater treatment plants; bulletFailure to conduct, document and report test of water discharged at the required intervals; bulletConstruction: bulletUnpermitted dredging or filling of waters and wetlands; bulletIndividuals bulletDumping trash by the side of the road or on others property bulletDumping motor oil down storm drains or on the ground bulletTampering with emission control or air conditioning systems in automobiles; horizontal rule

What is the difference between environmental violations and environmental emergencies? 

An environmental violation is a situation which does not comply with an existing environmental law or regulation. An environmental emergency is a sudden threat to the public health, or the well-being of the environment, arising from the release or potential release of oil, radioactive materials, or hazardous chemicals into the air, land, or water.

Examples of environmental emergencies include:

bulletOil and chemical spills bulletRadiological and biological discharges bulletAccidents causing releases of pollutants

If you are involved in or witness an environmental emergency, you must call the National Response Center at: 1-800-424-8802. For more information, see the Concerned Citizens page on Environmental Emergencies.

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Where do I report a suspected violation?

Many issues are handled at the local level. You may first want to try contacting your local government office for concerns about trash, litter, strange odors, recycling pickup, and household chemical disposal, including paints, pesticides, oil, antifreeze, etc. You can find information about your local government in the blue pages of your telephone book or by contacting your public library.

For concerns that may not be handled at the local level, the next step is to contact your state environmental agency. Information about state agencies can be found in the blue pages of your telephone book as well.

If you need to contact EPA regarding a suspected violation of an environmental regulation, select the region where the activity is occurring by clicking within the area of the map covered by the region, or use the links located below the map to go directly to a region.   If you find the EPA unresponsive, send an email to us here at EHSO describing the situation

Region 1 - (888) 372-8477
Call this number to report suspected violations within the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut.

Region 2 - (212) 637-5000
Call this number to report suspected violations within the states of New York and New Jersey. In Puerto Rico or US Virgin Islands, call (787) 729-6951.

Region 3 - (800) 438-2474
Call this number to report suspected violations within the states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Region 4 - 1 (800) 241-1754
Call this number to report suspected violations within the states of Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina.

Region 5 - (312) 621-8430 or (800) 621-8431
Call this number to report suspected violations within the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Region 6 - (214) 665-2210 or (800) 887-6063 (Region 6 states only)
Call this number to report suspected violations within the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Region 7 - (800) 223-0425
Call this number to report suspected violations within the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.

Region 8 - (800) 227-8917 (Region 8 states only)
Call this number to report suspected violations within the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

Region 9 - (415) 744-1500
Call this number to report suspected violations within the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the territories of Guam and American Samoa.

Region 10 - (206) 553-4973 or (800) 424-4372
Call this number to report suspected violations within the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.