Reporting Environmental Issues

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How to Report Environmental Problems

If you see a spill or other environmental problem, we encourage you to report it. The sooner Ecology knows about an incident, the quicker we can act to reduce damage to our environment and protect sensitive natural resources.

What should I report?

If you caused a spill, you are required to report it. Otherwise, please report anything that you think is polluting land, air, or water. See examples below. When in doubt, call. (Find your local Ecology phone number)

NOTE: You may request that your personal information be kept confidential.

Please be ready with as much of the following information as possible:

  • What is the problem?
  • Where is the problem?
  • What kind of material is involved?
  • How much is there?
  • Who is responsible for the material?

Make a report

Spills Examples:

  • Oil spilled into a lake
  • Fuel draining from a vehicle accident
  • Hazardous chemicals leaking due to flooding
Air Quality and Smoke Complaints:
If you see someone you think is burning illegally or if you are being impacted by smoke, you can report it.
Other Examples:
  • Dumping into a storm drain
  • Leaking underground storage tanks
  • Sewage overflows
  • Filling a wetland
  • Algae blooms or fish kills
  • Illegal water use

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