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  • OFFICE CLOSURES:  Due to the closing of Pennsylvania state government offices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, all offices of the Environmental Hearing Board are CLOSED until at least March 30, 2020. The Board is continuing to operate remotely during this period. We encourage you to electronically file documents, and, where possible, to refrain from mailing or faxing documents to the Board’s Harrisburg office. Requests for extension or adjustments to scheduling may be filed with the Board and will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Calls may be directed to the Board Secretary at (814) 871-2573 or Senior Counsel at (412) 565-5245.
  • The Board has recently updated its Practice and Procedure Manual. The new manual can be found here.
  • The Board has uploaded the 2018 Opinion and Adjudication Volumes. In addition, scanning errors have been corrected in the following files: 1994 vol. 3, 1996 vol. 3, 1997 vol. 3, and 2004 vol. 2. A previously missing Subject Matter Index has also been added to the volumes for 2009 through 2012.
  • Effective October 15, 2016, Christine A. Walker is the Board Secretary to the Environmental Hearing Board.  Filings sent to the Board Secretary should be addressed to Ms. Walker at the Harrisburg address.

Welcome to the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board (the Board). Established by the Environmental Hearing Board Act, 35 P.S. §§ 7511-7516, the Board hears appeals from actions of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The Board holds hearings and issues Adjudications, Opinions, and Orders. Hearings before the Board are similar to non-jury civil trials before Common Pleas Courts or Federal District Courts. Appeals from Board decisions are taken to the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. The Board’s Rules of Practice and Procedure appear at 25 Pa. Code Chapter 1021. The five Judges of the Board are appointed by the Governor subject to confirmation by the Pennsylvania State Senate.

Judges of the Environmental Hearing Board

Chairman and Chief Judge Thomas W. Renwand
Judge Michelle A. Coleman
Judge Bernard A. Labuskes Jr.
Judge Richard P. Mather, Sr.
Judge Steven C. Beckman