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NJ DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NEWS RELEASE
RELEASE: 8/27/99
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CONTACT: Loretta O'Donnell or Amy Collings
609-984-1795 or 609-292-2994

NEW TOLL-FREE HOTLINE FOR REPORTING SPILLS AND EMERGENCIES

1-877-WARNDEP

New Toll-Free Hotline for Reporting Spills and Emergencies 1-877-WARNDEP

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has established a new toll-free environmental hotline number for reporting spills, hazardous discharges and other environmental emergencies.

The number, 1-877-WARNDEP (1-877-927-6337), is now available for use and will eventually replace DEP's previous hotline number, 609-292-7172. The 24-hour hotline is staffed by trained communication operators who contact the appropriate staff to respond to reported incidents. The new toll-free number also is available for use from New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware in the event of discharges into interstate waters or air releases impacting New Jersey.

"We initiated this toll-free number to help citizens have a more active role in reporting environmental pollution incidents. We hope residents will take advantage of this service and call DEP if they see any discharges that pose potential environmental harm," said DEP Commissioner Bob Shinn.

DEP's Discharge Response program will be sending letters to all counties, municipalities, legislators and other agencies throughout the state to publicize the new toll-free number.

While directories are updated, the old number will remain in service. The DEP hotline received more than 22,000 calls last year.

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