Environmental Crimes

One of District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s top priorities is to increase the office’s focus on investigating and prosecuting environmental and workplace safety crimes.

She has led a series of groundbreaking initiatives, including launching the OSHA and Environmental Crimes Rollout Program. The program dispatches specially trained deputy district attorneys and district attorney investigators to the scenes of environmental threats and industrial accidents involving occupational deaths or serious injuries. The program was designed to enhance the preservation of evidence and ensure that witness accounts were documented.

Under District Attorney Lacey, the office has undertaken a successful training program for environmental crimes investigators. These sessions helped yield better quality cases, aiding the prosecution of those who violate environmental laws and holding them accountable.

The office’s Environmental Crimes/OSHA Section works with local, state and federal agencies to address environmental issues and investigate criminal matters. The office prosecutes those who hurt the environment and its residents by not obeying the rules and laws designed to protect them, as well as those businesses that gain unfair advantage over their competitors by circumventing the rules.

There are several city, county, state and federal websites you may use to report potential environmental law or workplace safety violations. Please use the appropriate link below to file a report.


Illegal discharges into United States waters, illegal treatment, storage and/or disposal of hazardous waste, air discharges, pesticides – the United States Environmental Protection Agency.


Air pollution complaints in Southern California — California Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD).

Unauthorized disposal, transport, treatment or generation of hazardous waste in California — California Department of Toxic Substances Control.

Environmental crimes and pollution, especially oil spills, in California – California Department of Fish and Game.

Workplace fatalities and serious injuries, orders prohibiting use violations, asbestos and worker safety issues in California – California Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) Bureau of Investigation.

Diesel engine pollution in California – California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board.

Illegal discharges to surface and groundwater, National Pollution Discharge Elimination System violations in Los Angeles and Ventura counties – California State Water Resources Control Board, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Pesticides, product quality, quarantines, weighing and measuring issues in Los Angeles County – California Department of Food and Agriculture, Division of Measurement Standards.


Waste and hazardous materials in sewer system complaints (other than the cities of Los Angeles, Burbank and Glendale) — Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County.

Illegal storage, handling, disposal or hazardous waste in Los Angeles County, email askhhmd@fire.lacounty.gov.

Industrial waste control, underground storage tank regulation, storm water/runoff quality in Los Angeles County – Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.



Hazardous materials in the city of Los Angeles sewers – City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Sanitation, Industrial Waste Management Division.

Illicit discharges, spills, abandoned chemical/hazardous materials and illegal dumping in the city of Los Angeles – Los Angeles Watershed Protection Division.

Hazardous material releases or spills and other violations in the city of Santa Fe Springs — City of Santa Fe Springs Fire/Environmental Protection.