Have you discovered possible illegal polluting activities near your community or place of work?
Informed, active local residents are the single most critical component of pollution control. Government agencies are limited in funds, so they’re usually “complaint-driven”: they rely on reports from people like you to know where violations are happening.
Determine who you should contact to report the situation. Understand that not all pollution is illegal – but individuals or companies typically need permits to pollute, which come from various agencies. Many environmental problems can be reported by contacting the appropriate division within your regional Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) office. If you try to contact the appropriate division and they don’t respond to your concerns, please contact us at our Durham office: 919-401-9600.
Contact us directly to report an environmental concern in your community. As always, our staff is here to provide resources, education, help with organizing, and technical assistance to community members facing environmental harms. Please use our Clean Water for NC Storybank to inform us of your situation, and a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly.
List of Divisions within Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ):
Division of Air Quality: air emissions, incinerators, odor control, open burning
Division of Water Resources: surface water pollution, groundwater pollution
Division of Environmental Health: public water systems (water treatment plants, and wells serving more than 25 residents)
Division of Waste Management: underground storage tanks, landfills, incinerators, septic management, composting
Division of Land Resources: erosion and sediment control
NC Department of Environmental Quality Regional Offices:
Asheville Regional Office
2090 U.S. Hwy. 70
Swannanoa, NC 28778
Raleigh Regional Office
3800 Barrett Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27611
Wilmington Regional Office
127 Cardinal Drive Extension
Wilmington, NC 28405
Fayetteville Regional Office
225 Green St., Suite 714
Fayetteville, NC 28301-5094
Washington Regional Office
943 Washington Square Mall
Washington, NC 27889
Winston Salem Regional Office
450 West Hanes Mill Road, Suite 300
Winston-Salem, NC 27105
336-776-9800 / (Fax) 336-776-9797
Mooresville Regional Office
610 East Center Ave.
Mooresville, NC 28115