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***NOTICE ABOUT E-FILING***

We encourage all parties to utilize the Environmental Appeal Board’s electronic filing system accessible on our website: www.epa.gov/eab (Click on "Electronic Filing" Link in the left margin). As a reminder, the EAB has suspended its requirement to submit an identical paper copy of any electronically filed document that is longer than 50 pages within one business day.

Further, the Board’s September 2020 Revised Order Authorizing Electronic Service of Documents in Permit and Enforcement Appeals remains in effect.

Notice: On July 8, 2022, the Environmental Appeals Board issued an Order Governing Procedures for Registration-Related Appeals Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.

Notice (issued on July 7, 2022): The Environmental Appeals Board is in the process of reviewing and updating its public guide to EPA's Environmental Appeals Board. We are interested in any feedback on the content of the current guide and suggestions for revising the guide. If you have any feedback to share regarding the guide, please email it to the Clerk of the Board at Clerk_EAB@epa.gov, by August 22, 2022. As a reminder, when sending any information to the Board, please do not send any private information the disclosure of which would constitute an unwarranted invasion of privacy, such as social security numbers, birthdates, or other private information.



The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Appeals Board is an appellate tribunal established by regulation to hear 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 Environmental Appeals Judges sit in panels of three and make decisions by majority vote. Experienced attorneys, a Clerk of the Board, and an Administrative Specialist 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
07/22/2022   Slip Opinion  CWA 22-01  Frank Alo
06/17/2022   18 E.A.D. 720  NPDES 21-03  City of Keene
05/06/2022   18 E.A.D. 678  NPDES 20-09  Ocean Era, Inc.
05/06/2022   18 E.A.D. 678  NPDES 20-08  Ocean Era, Inc.
04/19/2022   Unpublished Final Order  TSCA 22-01Q  Vorbeck Materials
02/08/2022   18 E.A.D. 575  RCRA 21-01  General Electric Company
02/07/2022   Unpublished Final Order  CAA 22-01C  3M Company
01/13/2022   Unpublished Final Order  CWA 21-02  A.B.E.F. Development Corp. and Herminio Cotto Construction, Inc.
01/10/2022   18 E.A.D. 572  CAA 21-04  AJAX Materials Corporation
12/17/2021   Unpublished Final Order  NPDES 21-04  City of Marlborough Westerly Wastewater Treatment Facility


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