I may have discovered some illegal waste dumping. Now what?
October 3, 2007 9:52 PM Subscribe
How to verify and report potential illegal hazardous waste dumping?
posted by anonymous to law & government (17 answers total)
As a hobby, I sometimes take photos of abandoned buildings. A few weeks ago, I went into an old abandoned factory. Inside this place that looks like it was closed down 20-30 years ago, I discovered some brand-new looking sealed barrels that looked very out of place. They looked like the standard hazardous waste or oil barrels that you see if you do a Google image search for “oil barrel” or “hazardous waste”, but I don’t think they are oil barrels. They are blue, if that matters.
I know that it’s none of my business, but I am concerned that they have been dumped there illegally. I have not been able to think of a better reason for brand new sealed barrels to be present in this old place that, based on vegetation growth and decay, obviously doesn't get visited or used often.
My questions are:
What kind of passive equipment can I use to get a better idea of what is inside the barrels? I will probably use a Geiger counter to see if they are giving off any radiation, though I think that it’s highly unlikely to be nuclear waste. Beyond that, I don’t know what else I can do.
Is there somewhere I should report this, and can I do it anonymously?
Any other information or suggestions you can volunteer are welcome and appreciated.
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