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The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has introduced a new toll-free hotline for the public to report suspected pollution incidents or fish kills. The number — 855/FISH-KIL (855/347-4545) — provides a means to quickly alert PFBC staff to suspected environmental incidents. “Timely notification is the critical factor in dealing with suspected pollution cases and protecting our aquatic resources,” said board president William Worobec. “The sooner we know about an incident, the sooner we can evaluate it and, if necessary, implement a response plan.” Worobec emphasized that the number is not meant for general inquires related to license sales, boat registrations or other agency issues. A list of frequently asked questions is available at: www.fishandboat.com/faqpollute.pdf. Callers using the hotline will be directed to the PFBC’s Bureau of Law Enforcement in Harrisburg, where staff will answer calls from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Calls received after hours or on weekends will be sent to a voice mailbox where the caller can leave a message. PFBC staff will review voice messages and respond as soon as possible. If someone spots a suspected incident and believes it is an immediate threat to public safety or the environment, they should dial 911 or the Department of Environmental Protection’s emergency number at 800/541-2050.
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