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Office of Regional Counsel
US EPA Region 5
77 West Jackson Blvd. (C-14J)
Chicago, IL 60604-3511
Phone: 312-886-2944
Fax: 312-886-0747

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Filing Administrative Cases

For Information on all administrative cases filed in Region 5, contact the Region 5 Hearing Clerk


ORC is attached to both the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) and the Office of General Counsel (OGC).


ORC provides legal advice to the Regional Administrator and other senior managers of Region 5 on all matters relating to their official responsibilities.


ORC represents the Region in judicial and administrative enforcement actions against regulated entities within the jurisdiction of Region 5. In judicial actions, ORC attorneys share responsibility with attorneys from OECA and the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the latter of which represents U.S. EPA in a federal district court. In all enforcement cases, ORC attorneys work closely with other Federal departments and agencies, State and local officials, and industrial and public interest groups.


ORC is also responsible for the defense of Regional officials for actions taken pursuant to their responsibilities under the statutes and regulations governing their programs. In these actions, ORC attorneys work with OGC and DOJ in litigating and negotiating these cases.

Continuing Legal Education Training Schedule

The Legal Practitioner's Guide (includes information on Civil Actions, Administrative Orders, Case Initiations, Self-Service Filings and the Regional Hearing Clerk)

Enforcement Information

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