How to Report Environmental Problems
If you see a spill or other environmental problem, we encourage you to report it. If you caused a spill, you are required to report it. The sooner Ecology knows about an incident, the quicker we can act to reduce damage to our environment and protect sensitive natural resources.
What should I report?
Report anything that you think is polluting land, air, or water. See examples below. When in doubt, call. (Find your local Ecology phone number)
NOTE: You may request that your personal information be kept confidential.
Please be ready with as much of the following information as possible:
Make a report
If you caused a hazardous material or oil spill, you are REQUIRED to report it.
>> Go to Mandatory spills reporting
Air Quality and Smoke Complaints:
If you see someone you think is burning illegally or if you are being impacted by smoke, you can report it.
>> Go to the Air Quality and Smoke Complaints page
Other Environmental Problem Reporting:
If you see a spill or other environmental problem that you think is polluting land, air, or water, we encourage you to report it.
>> Go to the All environmental problems reporting page
7/19/2011 UPDATE - Due to state budget cuts, we are now unable to accept reports on witnessed littering events. We hope that this service might be restored in the future, but for now it has been suspended. Thank you for doing your part to keep Washington clean.
>> Go to the Litter Hotline page
Reporting to other agencies:
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