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Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice

Ensuring safe living and working conditions for our entire
community is a priority for the District of Alaska.
Notifying the U.S. Attorney's Office about environmental justice concerns
helps us protect the community from harmful violations of federal law.

 

The U.S. Department of Justice enforces the Nation’s civil and criminal environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and hazardous waste laws. We also protect natural resources and handle cases relating to tribal rights and resources.

Working with our U.S. Department of Justice partners, the U.S. Attorney’s Office seeks to secure environmental justice for all communities, to ensure that everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and has equal access to a healthy environment in which to live, learn, play and work.

“Environmental protection is not just about preserving Alaska’s scenery and shoreline, it’s also about making sure that the health and safety of people are protected from pollution and contamination in all of our communities, from remote Alaska Native Villages to our cities. Your reporting of public health and safety concerns helps ensure environmental protection and environmental justice for all Alaskans,” said U.S. Attorney S. Lane Tucker, District of Alaska.

U.S. Attorney S. Lane Tucker encourages residents to contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office at USAAK.Environment@usdoj.gov when also contacting local, state, or federal agency hotlines or websites to report environmental, health and safety concerns. Notifying our Office helps us protect the community from harmful violations of federal health & safety laws.

Who to Contact:

If the violation impacts:

  • Air quality

  • Climate Change

  • Chemicals and Toxics

  • Health

  • Land, waste, and cleanup

  • Water

 

Report the violation to the Environmental Protection Agency at:
https://echo.epa.gov/report-environmental-violations

If the violation concerns workplace conditions such as chemicals or noxious fumes:
Contact the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at 1-800-321-6742 

To report an Oil or Chemical Spill:
Contact the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802

If the violation concerns wildlife:
Contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 1-800-344-9453

If the violation concerns housing discrimination:
Contact the Department of Housing and Urban Development at 1-800-669-9777;
Or file an online complaint at https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/online-complaint

If the violation concerns native communities or tribal land:
Contact the EPA Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Advisor at 907-271-1270; or
Find your local Tribal Liaison by calling 202-252-5844.

If you are concerned about discriminatory environmental and health impacts caused by recipients of federal funds:
USAAK.Environment@usdoj.gov
       &
DOJ Civil Rights at 1-888-TITLE-06 (1-888-848-5306)

 

Community members who are interested in learning more about our environmental protection practice are encouraged to contact the U.S. Attorney's Office Environmental Justice Coordinator via email.

 

Updated September 28, 2022

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