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Environmental Justice and Public Health

The U.S. Department of Justice enforces federal civil and criminal environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and hazardous waste laws. We also protect natural resources on federal land, such as the Green Mountain National Forest, the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, and the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. 

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 equal access to a healthy environment in which to live, learn, play and work.

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  

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 contact:

U.S. Attorney’s Office: https://www.justice.gov/usao-vt/contact-us            

DOJ Civil Rights at 1-888-TITLE-06 (1-888-848-5306)
 

Updated September 29, 2022

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