The EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board at Twenty-five: An Overview of the Board’s Procedures, Guiding Principles, and Record of Adjudicating Cases

For twenty-five years, the Environmental Appeals Board has served as an impartial administrative appeals tribunal within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Its primary role is to provide a fair appeals process for resolving environmental permitting and enforcement disputes between EPA and non-EPA stakeholders. Since its creation, the Board has issued over eleven hundred final decisions. In most instances, the Board’s involvement has resolved the dispute, thereby promoting efficiency by avoiding protracted and expensive litigation in federal court. This article discusses the history of EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board, explains how it operates, and summarizes its docket and adjudication results.

Date Published

Saturday, July 1, 2017

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Environment Protection Law, Environmental Law, Judicial Conduct