Pollution Emergency Alerting System (PEAS) Information
To report Spills, Releases, or other Environmental Emergencies involving:
Air ~ Land ~ Water ~ Groundwater ~ Wetlands ~ Dams ~ Landfills ~ Hazardous or Radioactive Materials ~ Mines ~ Public Drinking Water ~ Oil and Gas Wells ~ Nuclear Power Plants
State DEQ (PEAS) Hotline: 800-292-4706
The PEAS hotline is staffed to take spill reporting and environmental emergency calls 24/7.
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Please note that many incidents which are reportable to the state DEQ also warrant reporting to the federal National Response Center which serves the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Coast Guard:
Federal NRC hotline: 800-424-8802
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If your matter is not an emergency but you just have a question or are seeking information about MDEQ programs, regulations, reportable quantities, etc. please call our
State DEQ Environmental Assistance Center: 800-662-9278
The Pollution Emergency Alerting System (PEAS) serves to receive information about environmental incidents into the DEQ, via the hotline number above, and through other channels. PEAS then distributes that information to appropriate staff internally, as well as to contacts in partner agencies, such as Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Michigan State Police (MSP), Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), etc.
The above data do not include columns of data which contain information which states or eludes to the PEAS caller’s personal information including their name, street address, or phone number(s). Note that from 1987 to 1996 only a small amount of data were collected by PEAS for each incident reported, though more information may be available in the respective district office files.
PEAS has been in operation since 1975. The PEAS hotline should be used to report environmental pollution emergencies such as tanker accidents, pipeline breaks, and other releases of hazardous materials to land, water, or air. Some other types of environmental emergencies for which the DEQ also has jurisdiction and appreciates notifications about via PEAS, include: wetland filling or dredging, incidents involving compromised integrity of dams, and incidents involving public drinking water supplies, nuclear power plants, mines and oil & gas wells.
The nature of subsequent DEQ district staff response is generally to provide technical advice to first responders and responsible parties on actions they can take to minimize environmental damage.
Callers to PEAS will receive a PEAS incident report number which can be used for future reference and follow up through the respective district office: District Office Map and Contact Information
Below is the template of information comprising a typical PEAS report:
For questions or comments on the workings of the system itself, including any problems with the phone connections, database, customer service, etc., please contact the PEAS Administrator, Bruce VanOtteren, at 517-284-6232.