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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)