Reporting Violations

Reporting Environmental Violations

 

Sub-pages:   Emergency Response Numbers

 

Related Pages:   Oil Spill Response

 

To report an Environmental Crime, call the Environmental Strike Force

(617) 556-1000 1-888-VIOLATE (1-888-846-5283)

Reporting Emergency and Non-emergency Environmental Problems

The following links include emergency numbers you should call in situations requiring immediate attention. Chronic or persistent problems should be addressed with both phone calls and written complaints to all agencies and levels of government with jurisdiction. In emergencies (for example, illegal dumping of wastes or toxics or illegal filling of wetlands) call

the local police or fire department AND your local board (for example the Board of Health) AND the state environmental strike force. Letters reporting chronic or persistent problems should be sent to the appropriate local board AND copied to the appropriate state and federal agency.

Disasters

In the event of a catastrophic disaster around Buzzards Bay, Cape Cod, or Massachusetts, go to these sites:

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Preparedness Page

FEMA’s DisasterAssistance.gov
The Federal Disaster Management federal assistance page.

“Want results? Put it in writing.”

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Oil Spills and Toxic Spills

24-Hour Statewide Number to To Report A Spill of Oil or Hazardous Material:

As soon as you have knowledge of a release of oil or hazardous materials to the environment, please notify your local fire department and the Emergency Response section at DEP by dialing:
(617) 556-1133 Boston Area
or
(888) 304-1133 Toll-Free From Anywhere in the Country

If the oil is spilled in coastal waters or the ocean (including land based spills that are entering coastal waters via storm drains or streams), immediately call the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.

 

Other Emergency Response Websites

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Emergency Response Numbers for crimes, spills and other problems.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency – MEMA

MEMA Training Course Page

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection other Hotline Numbers.

US EPA’s Hotline Page.

Massachusetts Department of Food and Agriculture information about Pesticide Use Violations.

Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife enforcement information. (INCLUDING THE ENVIRONMENTAL POLICE)

How to ensure a reaction to your complaint

Ever hear someone say “I called and complained, but nothing was done about the problem!”

The truth is sometimes phone messages are miscommunicated or misunderstood, that is why we believe that you should always put your complaints in writing (you don’t have to type a letter, handwriting is fine). It is important that you provide as many details as possible. If you do call in a complaint, consider writing the town or state department and ask for a letter back summarizing what actions they took in response to your complaint.

Writing a letter to the following locations may also prompt action:

Your Municipal Board of Selectmen, City Council, or Mayor where appropriate.

Commissioner
Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Environmental Law Enforcement
251 Causeway St., Suite 400
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 626-1500

Commissioner
1 Winter Street
Boston, MA 02108
617-292-5500

Attorney General
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108-1698

Read DEP’s recent and past environmental enforcement orders

Phone List: Environmental Issues and Response Agency

Animal and Pest Problems
Local Animal Control Officer

Areas of Critical Env. Concern
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management at 413-586-8706

Asbestos Contractor Licensing
Massachusetts Department of Labor and Industries at 617-727-7047

Boat Registrations
Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at 413-733-1642

Citizen’s Hotline
Governor’s at 1 800 392-6090

Coastal Issues
Coastal Zone Management at 617-727-9530

Dam Safety
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management at 617-727-3159

Dredging
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management at 617-727-3159 (DEM oversees DEP-licensed work)

Electromagnetic Fields
EPA at 617-565-3420

Environmental Impact Reports
Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act at 617-727-5830 or U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at 617-565-3420

Env. Law Enf. dispatch
Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at 1 800-632-8075

Fish Kills
Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at 413-447-9789

Flood Control Planning
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management at 617-727-3268

Flood Control Information
River forecast Center in CT at 203-240-3514 or Mass Emergency Management at 508-820-2000

Forests and Parks
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management at 617-727-3180 or Massachusetts Metropolitan District Commission at 617-727-5114

Freon
EPA at 1 800-296-1996 or 617-565-3220

Household Hazardous Waste
Office of Technical Assistance at 617-626-1060 DEP at 617-292-5587

Hunting, Fishing
Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at 617-727-1614
Pittsfield office
Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at 413-447-9789

Indoor Air Pollution
Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 617-727-2700 or
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at 617-565-3420
regional office
Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 413-528-7525

Inland Vegetated Wetlands Guide
Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissioners at 413-586-5586
DEP at 617-292-5692

Lead Poisoning
Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 617-727-2700 regional office
Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 413-586-7525

Lead Paint Abatement Cert.
Massachusetts Department of Labor and Industries at 617-727-7047

Low-Level Radioactive Waste
Massachusetts Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Board at 617-727-6018

Medical/Infectious Waste
Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 617-727-2660

Occupational Hygiene & Safety
Massachusetts Department of Labor and Industries at 617-727-3460
Regional Office
Massachusetts Department of Labor and Industries at 413-734-2252

Occupational Safety & Health
Occupational Safety and Health Administration at 413-785-0123

Open Space
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management at 617-727-3139 or
Executive Office of Environmental Affairs at 617-727-9800

Pesticides
Massachusetts Department of Food and Agriculture at 617-727-3020

Radioactive Waste
Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 413-586-7525

Radon Gas
Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 617-727-6214 or
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at 617-565-3420
regional DPH office
DPH – 413-586-7525

Rare & Endangered Species
Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at 617-727-9194

Riverways Planning
Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at 617-727-1614

Spill Reporting (after hours)
Massachusetts Department of Public Safety at 508-820-1444

Topographic Maps
Johnson’s Bookstore at 413-732-6222
UMass Bookstore; Sporting goods stores

Underground Tank Registrations
Massachusetts Department of Public Safety at 508-851-9813 (Report leaks to DEP)

Urea formaldehyde hotline
1 800-222-8334

Watershed Management
Massachusetts Metropolitan District Commission at 617-727-5114

Well driller Certification
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management at 617-727-5114

Wildlife Management
Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at 617-727-1614
Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at 413-447-9789

Worker Right-To-Know
Massachusetts Department of Labor and Industries at 617-727-3460

To report an Environmental Crime, call the Environmental Strike Force
(617) 556-1000 1-888-VIOLATE (1-888-846-5283)