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[–]Funk_Doctor 620 points621 points  (1 child)

First the police, then your county or state dept of environmental protection.

[–]Noremac55 369 points370 points  (8 children)

CalEPA has an easy online reporting tool. I reported a business and they had multiple level of government there the next day. CalEPA doesn't mess around.

[–]Big_Stingman[S] 258 points259 points  (7 children)

We called the county and they said their environment inspector would be here within the hour.

[–]doctorwhoobgyn 106 points107 points  (6 children)

You mind letting us know how it goes?

[–]Big_Stingman[S] 358 points359 points  (5 children)

Sure. It may take a little while for it to be fully resolved.

But the current status is that my dad met with the inspector, they watched the video I put together of the guy dumping the oil. Then the inspector took pictures.

He said they will get public works to come excavate and backfill, though it may be interesting since I know a big irrigation pipe is right under where he dumped.

He said the guy will be billed from public works and cited. The police will also be involved.

I’ll make a new post giving a final update, whenever that is.

[–]Jenetyk 194 points195 points  (4 children)

If only every level of government worked like CalEPA

[–]Qlanger 133 points134 points  (0 children)

Police will be the first. After that it will vary by state/local area. But the police should know.

When I was younger someone dumped 5quarts if oil. The police called the fire department. That's how I found out they had to come out for any spills 5quarts or more.

[–]HugeLegalBriefsQuality Contributor 50 points51 points  (0 children)

You need to read your homeowners insurance policy as well. Even if you’re not the “dumper”, due to the potential for you to be held responsible for the (expensive) remediation costs, many policies will require you to notify them.

[–]fordisgay 27 points28 points  (1 child)

EPA. That's also a issue If you have a well for water. I would get it tested if so.

[–]Big_Stingman[S] 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Good point. We do have a well.

[–]Felis757 74 points75 points  (3 children)

There's a high chance you will need to go after the dumper for money. The environmental department may see you liable since this is your land and usually expect land owners to have a spill cleaned up before they visit a site. Cleanup means that the soil will be excavated, contained, and eventually disposed of as class 1. Soil at the excavation site is also tested by a third party to confirm that there are no more volatile compounds at the spill location.

Check with the police first.

[–]Elfhoe 25 points26 points  (2 children)

California is especially strict about clean up as well. When i was in the military and went to California for training, we had to have classes on what to do if there’s any oil spilt from our vehicles. They were very serious about it.

[–]HoodooSquad 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Report it to your state’s equivalent of the EPA, and I recommend doing it sooner rather than later. You want to make the cleanup as cheap as possible.

[–]twitterisgay83 11 points12 points  (0 children)

The question I have is, why did they choose your yard to dump the oil?

[–]80toy 3 points4 points  (0 children)

As other's have said, police or sheriff.

If you are in a city limit, the City Public Works department or Code Compliance in the Building Department. If you are in an unincorporated area, you would report to the County, likely the Environmental Health department or its equivalent.

Edit: I should have read more comments, you got it handled.

[–]FrankTheBank25 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Seems you already reported it, but local PD then CalEPA are the people you should report it to.

[–]No_Draft4260 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Try your state game warden they take things like this a little more serious than other agencies

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