Division of Legal Services

Environmental Protection

 

The Environmental Protection Unit enforces state environmental laws by prosecuting violations referred to the Attorney General by environmental regulatory agencies or requested by district attorneys. Most environmental violations are referred by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Fish and game laws generally are enforced by local district attorneys, who also enforce some environmental laws referred by the DNR. The unit enforces the laws relating to:

  • air pollution
  • solid and hazardous waste
  • wastewater
  • hazardous substance spills
  • water supply
  • water regulation and zoning
  • underground storage tanks
  • superfund
  • water pollution
  • public nuisance
  • natural resource protection
  • radioactive waste
  • land use
  • public trust in navigable waters 

 

 

 

 

The unit defends the state and state agencies in:

 

  • environmental or natural resource related lawsuits
  • litigation on environmental matters related to Indian law

 

The unit also represents the state’s interests in federal environmental cases upon authorization from the governor.


Wisconsin law does not authorize the Attorney General and employees of the Department of Justice to provide legal advice to private individuals. If you need legal advice or representation you may want to contact a private attorney.  The State Bar of Wisconsin Lawyer Referral and Information Service can help you determine if you need a lawyer, and how to proceed if you do.

 

Information on how to report an environmental law violation or emergency is here.

 

Environmental Protection Unit Contact Information

(608) 266-1221

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen

Attn: Environmental Protection Unit

Wisconsin Department of Justice

17 W. Main St.

P.O. Box 7857

Madison, WI 53707-7857