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OALJ ELECTRONIC FILING SYSTEM: The Office of Administrative Law Judges has launched a new electronic filing system. Effective August 11, 2014, documents may be filed with the Headquarters Hearing Clerk and served on the presiding Administrative Law Judge using our new electronic filing system, in matters that are pending before the Office of Administrative Law Judges and governed by the Consolidated Rules of Practice Governing the Administrative Assessment of Civil Penalties and the Revocation/Termination or Suspension of Permits, codified at 40 C.F.R. Part 22, subject to specific limitations. For additional details, see the Standing Order Authorizing Electronic Filing in Proceedings Before the Office of Administrative Law Judges. Please note, this electronic filing system should be used in lieu of emailing documents to OALJFiling@epa.gov.  Click here to access the eFiling Login/Registration page.


PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT, NOTICE OF DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL & PERSONAL INFORMATION, and NOTICE OF WAIVER OF CONFIDENTIALITY & CONSENT TO PUBLIC DISCLOSURE: Be aware that to the extent that any person files or submits to the Office of Administrative Law Judges any un-redacted Confidential Business Information or Personally Identifiable Information pertaining to themselves or their client, that person thereby waives any claims to confidentiality and consents to public disclosure by EPA, including posting on the Internet, of all such information they submit. To protect information against public disclosure, parties must follow the procedures specified in the Office's Privacy Act Statement and Notice of Disclosure of Confidential & Personal Information.


EXPANDED HEARING CLERK PILOT PROGRAM: Please be advised that for contested cases in which an answer was filed after May 1, 2012, this office and the Headquarters Hearing Clerk shall be the keeper of the official record and the proper filing location for all motions, notices, and correspondence in cases before the ALJs. For additional details, see the Headquarters Hearing Clerk Pilot Project Memorandum and the March 14, 2013 Amendment. Please also note that a backup Headquarters Hearing Clerk has been authorized to peform all necessary functions when necessary and appropriate due to the Headquarters Hearing Clerk's absence.


OALJ's NEW ADDRESSES FOR MAILING AND HAND DELIVERY: As of March 28, 2013, the Office of Administrative Law Judges has moved to a new location. Click here for more information and the OALJ's new mailing and hand-delivery addresses.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ) is an independent office in the Office of Administration and Resources Management. The Administrative Law Judges conduct hearings and render decisions in proceedings between the EPA and persons, businesses, government entities, and other organizations which are or are alleged to be regulated under environmental laws. Administrative Law Judges preside in enforcement and permit proceedings in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act. Most enforcement actions initiated by the EPA are for the assessment of civil penalties.

All litigants are offered the opportunity to resolve enforcement cases through Alternative Dispute Resolution, with an Administrative Law Judge serving as a neutral, prior to assignment of the case for litigation before another Administrative Law Judge.

Federal administrative law judges are certified by the Office of Personnel Management and appointed in accordance with 5 U.S.C. § 3105. They have decisional independence pursuant to Section 557 of the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. § 557, which ensures the fair and impartial resolution of proceedings.

Decisions issued by the Administrative Law Judges are subject to review by the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB). The Administrative Law Judge's initial decision, which is a disposition of all of the issues in a proceeding, becomes the final order of the EPA within 45 days after service upon the parties unless a party appeals to the EAB or the EAB on its own initiative elects to review the initial decision.

OALJ has issued a Practice Manual that serves as a guide to the procedural rules and practices in proceedings before the Administrative Law Judges.

OALJ has developed a Citizen's Guide that provides an overview and procedural guide to individuals and organizations who are not represented by counsel in a proceeding before the Administrative Law Judges. It is organized differently than the Practice Manual, available above, and includes templates for common motions, contact information for each Regional Office, and background information for each type of case that comes before this office. The Citizen's Guide is available in Spanish (Guìa del Ciudadano.)

Our office is open to accept documents submitted by hand, U.S. Postal Service, or commercial courier between the hours of 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday. For documents submitted through those means, the inked datestamp physically applied by this office serves as the official date and time of filing. Any document received by those means after 4:30 PM may be treated as having been filed the next business day.

When mailing correspondence or documents to OALJ, please note that our physical address is different from the address at which we receive mail from the U.S. Postal Service.

If using the U.S. Postal Service
Mailing Address:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Administrative Law Judges
Mailcode 1900R
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20460

If using UPS/FedEx/DHL or other courier
Courier Address:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Administrative Law Judges
Ronald Reagan Building, Room M1200
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20460


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