The Missouri Department of Natural Resources’s Division of Environmental Quality is responsible for “preventing pollution, protecting the public from harmful emissions, discharges and waste disposal practices.” Part of its mission is to respond to environmental concerns and environmental emergencies. You can report environmental concerns and emergencies to the Division of Environmental Quality’s Environmental Services Program.
An environmental emergency poses an immediate threat to public health or the environment. DNR gives the following examples of environmental emergencies: oil and chemical leaks or spills, radiological and biological discharges, accidents that release pollutants, fish kills, and hazardous material incidents.
If you are involved in or witness an environmental emergency, you should report it immediately to DNR at 573-634-2436. When making your call to report environmental emergencies, you may follow the phone script for reporting an environmental concern that is provided below.
Environmental concerns do not require immediate attention, but also threaten the environment. DNR provides examples including trash dumps or discarded waste tires in a stream. If your environmental concern doesn’t match this definition of an emergency, you can still report your environmental concerns to DNR by calling your regional office or reporting through an online form. If you believe you have witnessed an environmental concern, you may take the following steps to report it. These options are detailed below. No matter how you report your concern, make sure you have the following information ready:
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