About the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB)
What We Do
The Appeals Board, which is located within the Office of Administration and Resources Management, is the final Agency decision maker on administrative appeals under all major environmental statutes that the Agency administers. The EAB hears permit and civil penalty appeals in accordance with regulations delegating this authority from the EPA Administrator. Appeals from permit decisions made by EPA's Regional Administrators (and in some cases, state permitting officials) may be filed either by permittees or other interested persons.
A substantial additional portion of the EAB's caseload consists of 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 EAB decides these matters pursuant to a delegation of authority from the Administrator. The EAB is also authorized to hear appeals from various administrative decisions under the Clean Air Act's acid rain program at 40 C.F.R. Part 78 and appeals of federal Clean Air Act Title V operating permits issued pursuant to 40 C.F.R. Part 71. More information about the EAB.