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Protect the Environment:
Report Spills and Environmental Violations

Concerned about an environmental situation within your community but don’t know where to go for answers? Well, here you go – direct from the EPA:

Where do I report a possible violation of environmental laws or regulations?

Fill out the form at If you don’t have Internet access, call the EPA office in your area of the country (see the phone numbers below).

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.

What’s a violation versus an emergency?

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):

*smoke or other emissions from local industrial facilities;
*tampering with emission control or air conditioning systems in automobiles;
*improper treatment, storage, or disposal of hazardous wastes;
*exceedances of pollutant limits at publicly-owned wastewater treatment plants;
*unpermitted dredging or filling of waters and wetlands;
*any unpermitted industrial activity; or
*late-night dumping or any criminal activity including falsifying reports or other documents.

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:

*oil and chemical spills,
*radiological and biological discharges, and
*accidents causing releases of pollutants

These emergencies may occur from transportation accidents, events at chemical or other facilities using or manufacturing chemicals, or as a result of natural or man-made disaster events. If you are involved in or witness an environmental emergency that presents a sudden threat to public health, you must call the National Response Center at: 1-800-424-8802.


Region 1 / New England:1-888-372-7341
Region 2 / NY and NJ: 1-212-637-4050
Region 2 / Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands: 1-787-729-6826
Region 3 / Mid-Atlantic: 1-800-438-2474
Region 4 / Southeast: 1-800-241-1754 or 1-404-562-9900
Region 5 / Upper Midwest: 1-312-353-2000
Region 6 / South Central : 1-800-887-6063 or 1-214-665-2210
Region 7 / Midwest: 1-800-223-0425
Region 8 / Mountains and Plains: 1-800-227-8917 or 1-303-312-6312
Region 9 / Pacific Southwest: 1-415-947-8713
Region 10 / Pacific Northwest: 1-800-424-4372 or 1-206-553-4973

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5 Responses to “Protect the Environment”

  1. RennyBA Says:

    Interesting read – well said – good luck with the campaign!

    A lot of contributions is going on in Norway too and we are very optimistic to the new Obama administration and hope they will even sign the Kyoto agreement.

    Btw: Thanks for your visit and nice comment on my featured post πŸ™‚

    RennyBAs last blog post..Boats in hibernation on winter docks in Norway

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Renny … I am hoping we will sign the treaty as well but I am not going to hold my breath. We will just have to wait and see. BTW… you are very welcome! πŸ™‚

  3. Barbara Says:

    Hi Linda,

    Fantastic and informative post. I too hope we sign the treaty, but there is so much to deal with right now…I’m not going to hold my breath either. I just hope there is a way to get people back to work…preferably “green” jobs!

    Barbaras last blog post..Relax With Barbara On Wednesday 26

  4. Says:

    Protect the Environment | Forced Green…

    Concerned about an environmental situation within your community but don’t know where to go for answers?…

  5. Linda Says:

    HI Barbara … You betcha, green jobs are a necessity and hopefully very soon.

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