The Strike Force is an interagency unit comprised of scientists and engineers from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), environmental police officers from the Department of Fish & Game, State Police, and prosecutors from the Office of the Attorney General. The Strike Force gathers evidence during undercover investigations, carefully builds cases against alleged environmental violators, then takes them to court.
Violations range from unlicensed removal of asbestos to illegal filling of wetlands, unlawful dumping of trash to willful pollution of our water or air.
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, e-mail the Environmental 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.
When you call the Strike Force, investigators will have questions for you. The more answers you can provide them, the better equipped they will be to identify and prosecute those responsible for environmental crimes. Try to answer the following questions for yourself before picking up the phone.
Who is involved in the activity? Who owns the property or business? Who else knows what's going on?
What did you see, hear and smell? What types of chemicals or materials were involved? What type of environmental damage took place?
Where did it happen? What is the street address? Can you draw a simple map to help investigators pinpoint where the violation occurred?
When did the activity occur, how frequently and for how long? When do you suspect it is likely to happen again?
Why do you suspect the violation took place? What were the violator's motives?
How were the chemicals or materials disposed of? Were they buried, burned, or abandoned into a body of water, onto the ground, or into a storm drain or sewer?
So go ahead, blow the whistle on environmental crime. Call 617-556-1000 or toll free, 1-888-VIOLATE (1-888-846-5283) from outside the 617 area code, or e-mail the Strike Force: ESF.Hotline@state.ma.us.