The Environmental Crimes Strike Force investigates and prosecutes crimes that harm the state's air, land or water, or that pose a significant threat to human health. The Strike Force is an interagency team that includes prosecutors from the Attorney General's Office, officers from the Massachusetts Environmental Police, and investigators, engineers and attorneys from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Strike Force partners meet regularly to evaluate whether enforcement against particular environmental violations should be done administratively, civilly or criminally. The most egregious violations are referred for criminal prosecution. The Strike Force gathers evidence during undercover investigations, carefully builds cases against environmental violators, then takes them to court.
The Strike Force has recently pursued prosecutions for improper disposal of hazardous waste, failure to properly report spills of oil or hazardous waste, failure to properly abate and dispose of asbestos, and exposing workers to unsafe environmental conditions.
If you see, hear about or even suspect activity which you believe is against the law and placing people's health or natural resources at risk, email the Environmental Crimes Strike Force or call at (617) 556-1000, or toll-free from outside the 617 area code at 1 (888) 846-5283. Your call will be handled confidentially. The DEP website provides guidelines that outline the information you will need to have reporting these violations.
For additional guidance in reporting, view the Report a Violation section of this website.