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Environmental Justice


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 for the Northern District of Georgia seeks to secure environmental justice for all communities, to ensure that everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to a healthy environment in which to live, learn, play and work.

U.S. Attorney Ryan Buchanan encourages residents to contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office via email at 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:

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 

"We can only enforce the environmental laws if we know about violations. We want to actively identify areas that have suffered from environmental issues so that we can work to address those problems and bring violators to justice."
U.S. Attorney Buchanan

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

If the violation concerns the destruction of Wetlands:
Contact your 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:
Contact the FDA at 1-888-463-6332

To report an Oil or Chemical Spill:
Contact the National Response Center at 1-800-424-88022

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

Updated October 3, 2022