Environmental Protection

The Environmental Protection Unit is part of the Consumer Affairs/Environmental Protection Division. The units' focus is on protecting the public from companies that violate environmental laws violations that can threaten the natural environment or endanger public health.

The unit investigates and prosecutes matters involving unlawful treatment, transportation, storage and disposal of hazardous materials and wastes.

In addition to criminal charges filed against an entity or individual, civil complaints may be initiated to prevent on-going violations and to seek monetary penalties for violations when appropriate.

To report environmental violations contact Santa Cruz County Department of Health, Environmental Health immediatley at (831) 454-2022 or more information see: Santa Cruz County Environmental Health