DEQ Director Scott Thompson

From the Executive Director

For more than 26 years, DEQ has worked tirelessly to protect and restore Oklahoma’s natural beauty.  We achieve our mission through permitting, inspecting, investigating, and monitoring activities in various programs, but we also carry out our work in a number of ways beyond enforcing environmental laws and regulations. In keeping with our mission to protect Oklahoma’s environment, DEQ staff is ever vigilant for opportunities to encourage recycling. The Festival of the Arts, Redman Triathlon, Memorial Marathon, and Woody Guthrie Festival are huge events, but for many years recycling options did not exist. When DEQ was approached by event organizers to help set up recycling options, DEQ staff jumped at the opportunity. Now, in addition to listening to good music, perusing beautiful artwork, or running with  … Read more

DEQ GIS Maps & Data

DEQ’s geographic information system (GIS) is used to manage visual representation of data in maps.  DEQ uses GIS to make maps that communicate, perform analysis, share information, and solve complex problems helping to make Oklahoma an even better place to live.  Visit the DEQ GIS Maps & Data website to explore maps and download data.  Data layers on our DEQ Data Viewer include air monitoring sites, Superfund sites, storm water sensitive areas, accredited laboratories and much more.


Septic – System/Lateral Line Locations

Records pertaining to an installed septic system may be obtained by contacting DEQ’s Central Records by email or at (405) 702-1188. Please be sure to have the physical address of the property in question.

If you have other questions or concerns about your septic system, you may contact your local DEQ representative. Go to our local offices webpage and click on the county in which you live.


Records Requests

Contact DEQ’s Central Records by email or at (405) 702-1188. Please be as specific as possible about the records you need.

If you are with a media organization, please contact Erin Hatfield, DEQ’s Communications Director by email or at (405) 702-7119.


Medical Waste – Sharps

Today, it is not uncommon for citizens to give themselves injections at home for a variety of medical conditions; however, disposing of used needles with your regular trash is not the best solution. First, it’s illegal. State statutes prohibit untreated sharps from being disposed in the trash, regardless of the source of the sharps. It is also dangerous to the people who handle your household trash due to the potential for needle sticks and disease transmission. Fortunately, inexpensive solutions exist. Please review the Safe Sharps Disposal fact sheet, a joint effort by DEQ and the Product Stewardship Institute, to learn more about safely handling your used sharps. If you still have questions, please contact one of our medical waste experts in DEQ’s Land Protection Division at (405) 702-5100.


Billing, Invoices, Payments

All questions pertaining to billings, invoices, or payments should be directed to DEQ’s Accounts Receivable HelpDesk via email or by calling (405) 702-1130.


Jobs at DEQ

Come grow your career with DEQ! If you have specific skills, experience, or a degree in a physical, chemical, or biological science, engineering, business administration, finance or accounting, DEQ is the place for you! Check out our current openings, then apply!


Recycling

DEQ encourages recycling as a way to conserve resources and landfill space. Please visit our Recycling Information webpage for information about materials that can be recycled and where, and other tips and information about recycling. If you have additional questions, please contact one of DEQ’s recycling experts at (405) 702-5100.


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