Environmental Investigation Section

Mission:
The Environmental Investigation Section (EIS) Mission is to protect the public health and natural resources in a professional manner, utilizing proactive methods, teamwork and partnerships, delivering prompt, high quality and thorough investigations of suspected violations of environmental laws.

Vision: 
EIS strives to be a key component of Michigan's law enforcement mainstream, consistently solving complex violations of environmental laws, and providing a resource for local communities faced with environmental conflicts of a criminal nature.

Overview: 
The EIS serves as the investigative and law enforcement specialist for the DEQ.  This includes conducting, supervising, and coordinating criminal, civil, and administrative investigations into suspected violations of Michigan's environmental statutes and cooperating with other divisions, departments, and agencies.  EIS is comprised of specially trained Conservation Officers who determine appropriate regulations, initiate legal actions, and represent the department in negotiations for restitution, penalties and damages.  The EIS conducts training to help local law enforcement officers and other enforcement personnel to develop community partnerships to combat illegal dumping at the local level.  EIS has two units: Western and Eastern.

EIS Links:

Michigan State Police 

Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 (Serving Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, and 35 Tribes)

Pollution Emergency Alerting System (PEAS)  

EIS Contacts:  

Lansing Headquarters
Chief Gary Hagler, Lansing

To register complaints please contact:

Section Supervisor
F/Lt. Vence Woods, Gaylord, 989-705-3449

Southern Unit Supervisor
2nd Lt. Erick Thorson, Warren, 586-753-3720

Supervisor
Vacant, Cadillac, 231-876-4426

  • Cadillac District
    Det. Holly Pennoni, 231-876-4446
  • Gaylord District
    Det. Chris Bowen, Gaylord, 989-705-3452
  • Grand Rapids District
    Det. Janet Erlandson, 616-356-0029
  • Jackson District
    Det. Paul Gomez, Jackson, 517-780-7483
  • Kalamazoo District
    Det. Ken Cerny, 269-567-3505
  • Lansing District
    Det. Daniel Kennedy, Lansing, 517-284-6640
  • Saginaw Bay/Bay City District
    Det. Dan Lee, 989-894-6239
  • Southeast District (Warren)
    Vacant
  • Upper Peninsula District
    Det. Trey Luce, 906-228-2907

DEQ Pollution Emergency Alerting System (PEAS)
PEAS Hotline: 800-292-4706

Please call the PEAS hotline to report:

  • Spills, emissions, releases, or improper handling of hazardous materials;
  • Dredging and filling wetlands, lakes, and streams
  • Risks posed to public drinking water supplies;
  • Environmental crimes;
  • Other environmental harm or threats.

To report issues with the hotline itself (call handling, call routing, etc.) please call the PEAS Administrator: Bruce VanOtteren, Lansing, 517-284-6232

EIS News and Events        

Law Enforcement Resource Section

Ticket Reference Guide

Environmental Crimes Handbook for Law Enforcement Personnel