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Alternative Dispute Resolution

The web pages for the EPA New England Regional ADR Program have been archived while the EPA website is being updated. Please note that the Regional ADR Program is still fully operational. Updated ADR information will be available at the EPA Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center (CPRC) website at http://www.epa.gov/adr/cprc_adratepa.html.

Thank you for your interest in environmental mediation and facilitation.
Elissa Tonkin (tonkin.elissa@epa.gov), Regional ADR Program Director
U.S. EPA Region 1
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Boston, MA 02109-3912

ADR is a general term encompassing various techniques for resolving conflict outside of court using a neutral third party. Of the different ADR approaches available, EPA New England relies primarily on mediation and facilitation. In mediation, a neutral mediator with no decision-making authority assists parties in reaching a mutually acceptable solution. We think mediation is one of the most promising ADR tools because it promotes innovative solutions, cooperation among the parties, and responsibility for the result by all parties. Put another way, it is a positive model for environmental problem-solving. Similarly, in facilitation, a neutral facilitator helps parties with diverse interests engage in productive discussions on complex, potentially controversial environmental matters. Groups often use facilitators in situations where there is no active dispute to help participants make thoughtful, informed decisions and to prevent or minimize future conflicts.

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