Complaints may be received from the general public relating to perceived wrong-doings and violations committed by individuals or industry that adversely affect human health or the environment.

Questions may be addressed to the Department at 701-328-5188, or email the Department (

Complaints generally focus on air pollution matters where it is perceived that the presence of air contaminants are in such quantity and duration that they may be injurious to human health, welfare, property, animal life, plant life, or which unreasonably interferes with the enjoyment of life or property.

In general the following information is helpful in the Department's ability to investigate and resolve issues:

  • Location of issue (such as business name, street address, GPS coordinates).
  • Date and time of occurrence or occurrences.
  • Duration of occurrence (i.e. how long did the incident last, is it on going or intermittent?).
  • Results of the incident (i.e. any physical contaminate of property, include pictures if possible).

The Department will try to inform the complainant about the status of the complaint, an approximate date that an on-site visit or inquiry will be made, if the complaint has merit, and information as to how the matter will be, or has been resolved.

Last Updated: 04/24/19