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State of Vermont
Agency of Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Conservation

Compliance & Enforcement Division

The Compliance & Enforcement Division enforces the environmental laws and regulations administered by various programs within the Agency of Natural Resources.

The investigative unit of the Compliance & Enforcement Division consists of eight Environmental Enforcement Officers (EEOs), each covering a geographical district in the State.  The EEOs investigate environmental complaints made by citizens, State agencies, and Federal agencies.  Some examples of complaints handled by EEOs include: illegal handling and disposal of solid and hazardous waste; illegal open burning of prohibited materials; lake encroachments; wetlands violations; and various water quality complaints. Following investigation many of these complaints are referred to the Division’s legal team for formal enforcement.

The Compliance & Enforcement Division legal team is staffed by two attorneys and the Division Director. They pursue formal enforcement actions against environmental violators in the State.  These actions can conclude with a negotiated settlement or, if contested, a trial before the judge of the Environmental Court. The majority of these actions seek penalties and remediation. A number of major cases are also referred to the Attorney General who may file and prosecute a civil action or a criminal charge. Lesser criminal offenses may also be referred to the State's Attorney in the county where the offense occurred.


Contact Information:

Compliance & Enforcement Division
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3803

Phone: 802-828-1254

Email: ANR.Enforcement@state.vt.us


We do our best to maintain this web site to ensure that information is current. Please feel free to call us if you have a question or need additional information.


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VT DEC Compliance & Enforcement Division 1 National Life Drive, Davis 2     Montpelier, VT 05620-3803  Tele: 802-828-1254 

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