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Environmental Justice & Public Health

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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 litigate cases relating to tribal rights and resources. Working with our U.S. Department of Justice partners, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island 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.

United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha encourages members of the public, particularly members of under-served communities who have been disproportionately affected by environmental pollution, to bring concerns about environmental issues to this office.

Notifying the U.S. Attorney's Office about environmental justice concerns helps us protect the community from harmful violations of federal law. Residents are strongly encouraged to report environmental health and safety concerns in their neighborhood to the appropriate local, state, or federal agency.  Additionally, notifying the United States Attorney’s Office’s Environmental Justice Coordinator helps to protect the community from harmful violations of federal environmental, health, and safety laws.

Contact Us

Environmental Justice Coordinator Assistant United States Attorney John P. McAdams may be contacted via:


Telephone: (401) 709-5055


Environmental Justice Coordinator

United States Attorney’s Office

One Financial Plaza, 17th Floor

Providence, RI 02903.

Additional Resources

For concerns about air quality; climate change; chemicals and toxics; environmental health, land, waste, and cleanup; or water, contact the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at:

For workplace concerns such as chemical or noxious fumes contact the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at




Updated March 12, 2024