The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the launch of an online form for citizens to report environmental violations.
Located atwww.dec.ny.gov/regulations/67751.html, the new web page assists those who can provide thorough and relevant information about an alleged violation. The form prompts the complainant to describe what occurred, when it happened and where the violation was witnessed. Complainants may remain anonymous or confidential. Detailed initial complaints assist DEC environmental conservation officers in a timely and complete investigation of complaints and potential arrests against those who are violating the law.
"This is an expansion of DEC's successful 'Turn in Poachers and Polluters' (TIPP) Hotline," said Peter Fanelli, DEC director of law enforcement, referring to the long-established telephone tip system.
Persons can still make a complaint by phone using the DEC hotline at 1-800-TIPP-DEC (1-800-847-7332). In fact, if an emergency situation exists and/or an immediate response is needed, calling the hotline is the best option. Fanelli emphasized one should never put oneself at risk to obtain information. Instead, one should gather whatever details possible without trespassing or exposure to harmful materials or situations.
To find the new web form without typing in the URL, log into the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov and type "TIPP" in the search box at the top right hand side of the page, then click on the first document, "Report an Environmental Violation Online."