Report Environmental Crimes

Environmental issues affect everyone living and working in the county. All environmental concerns and events negatively impacting the county should be reported (TTY 711 for all numbers listed).


Any Active Release of Materials Into the Environment


If the dumping of any substance into a stream, into a manhole, into a storm drain or onto the ground is witnessed, assumptions regarding the contents of the materials should not be made. 911 should be called immediately. When calling 911, be prepared to provide specific information regarding the location and nature of the incident. The local office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (703-235-1113) can be called in addition to (but not instead of) 911.


Release of Any Material Into the Environment


Any release of materials into the environment, whether hazardous or not, should be reported to the Northern Regional Office of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality at the above number. If the release is an active one, call 911.


Hazardous Materials - Dangerous


If a suspected hazardous substance is being released, if lives are in danger or if property is threatened, 911 should be called immediately. It is also appropriate to call 911 anytime an active release is witnessed.


Hazardous Materials - No Immediate Danger

During working hours, call 703-246-4386
After hours, call 703-691-2131

If a known discharge of hazardous materials has occurred in the past and no lives or property are in immediate danger; this must be reported to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s Hazardous Materials and Investigative Services Section at this number (includes Towns of Clifton, Herndon and Vienna). If there is any question about whether a release may still be active or whether there may be any immediate danger, 911 should be called.


Erosion and Sedimentation


If the illegal removal of trees, the illegal clearing of land and/or the illegal dumping of fill is suspected, contact Fairfax County’s Code Enforcement Division at this number. This number should also be contacted if siltation and other harmful effects of construction activity are occurring or observed on neighboring lands and waterways. All calls received during non-working hours will be responded to during the next business day.


Health Hazards


In addition to the above contacts, if a health hazard is suspected, contact the Health Department's Division of Environmental Health. (703-246-2444)

Illegal Dumping


The Department of Code Compliance takes complaints, but other county or state agencies may ultimately have authority over the dumping depending on the circumstances.


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