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Environmental Justice & Public Health

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.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania encourages residents to contact the Office's Environmental Justice Coordinator, Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip Caraballo via email at or call 570-348-2807 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 Toxic Materials, Land Pollution, or Water Contamination:


If the violation concerns workplace conditions such as chemicals or noxious fumes:

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at:  1-800-321-6742 


If the violation concerns pesticides harming Wildlife:

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 1-800-344-9453


If the violation concerns the destruction of Wetlands:

  • Local district branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Office at 1-800-832-7828


If the violation concerns medications, cosmetics, biological products, and other products for human consumption:

  • FDA at 1-888-463-6332


To report an Oil or Chemical Spill:

  • National Response Center at 1-800-424-88022


If you are concerned about discriminatory environmental and health impacts caused by recipients of federal funds:


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

Updated November 1, 2022