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Environmental Appeals Board


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Appeals Board is the final decision maker on administrative appeals under all major environmental statutes that EPA administers. Located in Washington, DC, the Board is an impartial tribunal independent for substantive purposes of all Agency components outside the Immediate Office of the Administrator. The Board’s caseload consists primarily of appeals from permit decisions and administrative civil penalty decisions, as well as petitions for reimbursement of costs incurred in complying with cleanup orders issued under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA). The Board’s four Environmental Appeals Judges sit in panels of three and make decisions by majority vote. Eight attorneys and two administrative professionals provide support to the judges.

Alternative Dispute Resolution: The Board offers an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program to assist parties in resolving disputes before the Board. The Board’s ADR Program offers parties the option of participating in ADR with the assistance of one of the Board’s Judges acting as a neutral evaluator/mediator. The ADR Program has been successful in assisting the parties in achieving a fast resolution of issues, with satisfying and enduring solutions.

Sharing the Board’s expertise on Environmental Adjudication: The Board also serves as a repository of expertise within the federal government on environmental administrative adjudication. Judges and attorneys on the Board have provided training and shared their expertise on environmental adjudication, both domestically and internationally, with a significant number of judges, attorneys, environmental specialists, local, state and federal government officials, and civil society organizations. The Board has conducted training for judges from Asia, Central and South America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.


Information for Filers: For more information on how to file with the Board or the applicable regulations, click on the following links:
Internship Opportunities: Click here for information on law student internship/externship opportunities with the Board.


Recent Board Actions

Order DateCitationAppeal No.Case Name
04/29/2019 17 E.A.D. ___UIC 18-05Muskegon Development Company
03/12/2019 17 E.A.D. 697NPDES 17-03City of Ruidoso Downs and Village of Ruidoso WWTP
02/12/2019 Unpublished Final OrderNPDES 18-02Arizona Public Service Company
02/08/2019 Unpublished Final OrderTSCA 19-01QChemical Solvents, Inc.
12/06/2018 Unpublished Final OrderCAA 18-(03)Spartan Diesel Technologies LLC
12/03/2018 17 E.A.D. 675PSD 18-02Tucson Electric Power
11/15/2018 17 E.A.D. 656NSR 18-01Anadarko Uintah Midstream LLC
10/24/2018 Unpublished Final OrderNPDES 18-03Keolis Commuter Services LLC
10/23/2018 17 E.A.D. 620PSD 18-01Palmdale Energy LLC
10/11/2018 Unpublished Final OrderNPDES 18-04City of Harrison Wastewater Treatment Plant


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