Environmental Industrial Unit

The Environmental and Industrial Use Unit (EIU) investigates the release of hazardous materials and environmental crimes, conducts fire code inspections of facilities using and storing hazardous materials and coordinates information to other City agencies about hazardous and industrial related uses within the City of Alexandria.

Page updated on Feb 4, 2019 at 2:47 PM

Alert Icon imageTo Report a Hazardous Material Spill/Leak, Environmental Crime or Illegal Dumping in progress, Call 911
Alert Icon imageFor Questions Related to Hazardous Materials and Storage Regulations or to Report Hazardous Material Violations, email us or call 703.746.4200 (business hours) or 703.836.0041 (after business hours)

AFM Furr

Russell Furr
Assistant Fire Marshal

Hours of Operation:  Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

What is Hazardous Material?

Hazardous materials are substances or materials, in any form or quantity, which pose unreasonable risk to safety, health or property when released from their container.  Some hazardous materials are more common than others and many can be found within household environments.  Many of these products are used on a daily basis without any incident, but can cause problems if not properly handled or disposed. 

 Examples of common hazardous materials include:

  • Fuel and other petroleum products (gasoline, diesel fuel, transmission fluid, motor oil, brake fluid, kerosene)
  • Propane
  • Butane, ethanol, methane (natural gas)
  • Explosives
  • Solvents, paint thinners and strippers, varnish
  • Strong cleaning agents (drain cleaners, metal cleaners, brush and paint cleaning agents)


Facilities that store or use hazardous materials may be required to obtain a Fire Prevention Permit required by the  Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, as amended by the City of Alexandria.

Examples of materials or use of materials that typically require a Fire Prevention Permit:

  • Service Station, Repair Garage, Auto Body Shops
  • Flammable and combustible liquids storage and use
  • Cutting and welding, hot work, use or torch or open flame device
  • Propane storage and use
  • Compressed gases
  • Explosives
  • Corrosive materials
  • Aerosols
  • Toxic materials

Proper Disposal of Hazardous Materials 

Note  - it is unlawful to release any hazardous substance or chemical into any storm drain or sewer within the City of Alexandria, including: automotive fluids (oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, gasoline or other motor fuels);  paint, paint thinner, varnish, solvents and any hazardous cleaning chemicals.

  • Many hazardous materials can be recycled through the City of Alexandria  recycling center; click HERE for a list of acceptable and unacceptable recyclable hazardous materials.

Related Links

City of Alexandria    

Commonwealth of Virginia

  • Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) - responsible for the administration of state air and water quality programs and regulation of waste management.  DEQ also investigates pollution complaints.