Environmental Appeals Board
|In the event of a government shutdown, the Environmental Appeals Board will close. The Board will reopen when funding is restored. All filings submitted to the Board during a government shutdown will be processed when the Board reopens. Parties need not file extension motions in advance of the potential shutdown. The Board will address extension motions as appropriate when the shutdown has ended and will consider any motion filed commensurate with the circumstances presented.|
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:
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Internship Opportunities: Click here for information on law student internship/externship opportunities with the Board.
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