N.J. launches mobile app for reporting non-emergency environmental incidents

    AP photo.

    AP photo.

    New Jersey has launched a pilot mobile application for reporting non-emergency environmental incidents.

    The app, dubbed WARN NJDEP, utilizes GPS technology to pinpoint the location of environmental incidents and also allows users to submit photos as part of their reports to the state Department of Environmental Protection, according to a state release. 

    The app enables users, who can report incidents anonymously, to provide information like the type and time of environmental incident, a brief description, and whether it’s ongoing.

    Reportable incidents include improper storage or disposal of waste and other materials, odor complaints, sewage leaks, smoke and dust complaints, underground storage tank incidents, and wetlands or stream encroachment issues.

    The app also provides a one-touch link to speak with a dispatcher at the DEP’s Communications Center. 

    “This application gives the public a direct portal into reporting incidents in their communities and neighborhoods, effectively giving us more eyes on the ground, while helping us to assign cases to the appropriate response agencies more efficiently,” said Bob Van Fossen, DEP’s Emergency Management Director.

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