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, you may either
2) contact the Environmental Strike Force at ESF.Hotline@state.ma.us.or at 617-556-1000 or toll free at 1-888-846-5283.
Help Us Build a Case
Please try to provide as much information as possible to help investigators identify and prosecute those responsible for environmental violations. In your complaint, try to answer the following questions:
Where did it happen? What is the street address or intersection? Can you describe the location to help investigators pinpoint where the violation occurred?
What did you see, hear and smell? What types of chemicals or materials were involved? What type of environmental damage took place?
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?
When did the activity occur, how frequently and for how long? When do you suspect it is likely to happen again?
Who is involved in the activity? Who owns the property or business? Who else knows what's going on?
Why do you suspect the violation took place? What were the violator's motives?