Environmental Justice and Enforcement Resources

Representatives from several WVEC member groups met with the U.S. Attorney’s Office from both the Northern and Southern districts recently to learn more about their new Environmental Justice and Enforcement effort. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia recently published a webpage with more information regarding Environmental Justice and Enforcement and reporting suspected violations. To reach the new Environmental Justice contact, you can email: USAWVN.EJ@usdoj.gov or call the number on the webpage which also includes information on how to reach out to the US Environmental Protection Agency. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia has designated AUSA Erik Goes as the environmental crimes contact and environmental justice coordinator – he can be reached at erik.goes@usdoj.gov, 304-345-2200. To contact the National Response Center, call 800-424-8802, or you can report violations online here, which will route your complaint to the appropriate EPA program. 

WVEC members are encouraged to reach out if they are experiencing environmental violations on their property or see it happening elsewhere. Both the U.S. Attorney’s Office and U.S. EPA were represented at the meeting we attended and encouraged us to share this information with our members. We thank them for taking the time to meet with us and to help West Virginians who are dealing with environmental issues.

Updated: July 8, 2022 — 11:32 am

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  1. I’d like to report mountain top removal in any one of many WV counties.
    Wild places are continually being destroyed in the Eastern half of the US to make way for shopping malls, freeways, dams, housing projects, etc. This practice is removing the our exceptional mountains and wildlife that make WV unique and increasingly valuable.
    Moreover, these mountains are the headwaters for the Eastern third of the US. Mountain top removal poisons the water and stops the capture, storage and slow release of fresh, clean water that we all depend on.

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