What is the difference between environmental concerns and environmental emergencies?

An environmental concern is a situation that you believe threatens the environment, such as a trash dump or discarded waste tires in a stream. An environmental emergency poses an immediate threat to the public health or the well-being of the environment. Examples of environmental emergencies include:

  • Oil and chemical leaks or spills
  • Radiological and biological discharges
  • Accidents causing releases of pollutants
  • Fish kills
  • Hazardous material incidents

If you are involved in or witness an environmental emergency, please call the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at 573-634-2436. For more information see Environmental Emergency Response.

To report an environmental concern over the phone, please contact the regional office in your area. You may also call 800-361-4827 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.


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