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E-M:/ Under-Utilized Resources MI DEQ



Happy Holidays to all Enviro-Michers!  May your days be merry and bright!
 
I just ran across some information that might be of use to members of the list.  There are two great, toll-free numbers that can help citizens to contact the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
 
The first number is 1-800-662-9278.  This puts you in touch with the MDEQ's environmental assistance center.  They can answer any questions that you might have and put you in touch with any DEQ employee anywhere in the state.  If you ever have to call anyone at the DEQ, use this number and just ask to be transferred.  It works during all regular business hours.  You get to talk to a real person and avoid all of the dreaded voice-mail systems.
 
The second number is their Pollution Emergency reporting number.  It is 1-800-292-4706.  This number is good 24/7/365.  You can report any spills, releases, emergencies, violations or non-compliance that you might be aware of anywhere in the state.  You can remain anonymous if you want.  It is only to be used for emergencies and is a handy number to keep in your purse (or wallet or car) to report things that you might observe.  It is a chance for the average citizen to help the DEQ catch polluters.  Records are kept of all reports and someone from DEQ does a follow-up on every report.  Great system. 
 
Numbers are toll-free from anywhere in Michigan and a great resource that we all should make more use of.