DEP Launches Pilot Mobile App for Reporting Non-Emergency Environmental Incidents

Posted on November 22, 2016

The Department of Environmental Protection has launched a pilot mobile application that will enhance protection of public health and the environment by enabling the public to use smartphones and other mobile devices to conveniently report non-emergency environmental incidents, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

The pilot WARN NJDEP mobile app complements the DEP’s telephone hotline, 877-WARNDEP, which has been in operation for many years. The app can be downloaded through Google Play, the Apple app store and the Microsoft app store. Enter WARN NJDEP in the search bar. You may also access the Google Play download by clicking the WARN NJDEP logo on this news release.

The pilot app is not intended to report life-threatening and/or environmental emergencies. These should be reported by calling 9-1-1, local police or the DEP’s hotline. Also, the app shall NOT be utilized by regulated entities, as an acceptable method for fulfilling notification requirements to the DEP.

The pilot app utilizes GPS technology for pinpoint location of environmental incidents and also allows users to submit photos as part of their reports to the DEP.

“This new service reflects the Christie Administration’s commitment to engaging the public as partners in strong environmental protection,” Commissioner Martin said. “The application utilizes the latest technology to enhance protection of the environment by making it convenient for people to report ncidents that can negatively impact our communities.”

The types of non-emergency incidents that may be reported through the pilot application include improper storage or disposal of waste and other materials, odor complaints, sewage leaks, smoke and dust complaints, underground storage tank incidents, and wetlands or stream encroachment issues.

Source: NJDEP