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Environmental Appeal Board

About

The Environmental Appeal Board (EAB) is established under the Environmental Management Act. It is an independent tribunal that hears appeals of certain decisions made by government officials related to environmental issues. The EAB hears appeals under the Environmental Management Act, Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Cap and Trade) Act, Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Renewable and Low Carbon Fuels) Act, Integrated Pest Management Act, Water Act, and Wildlife Act.

The decisions that may be appealed to the EAB include:

  • permits authorizing the discharge of waste to air, water, or land;
  • pollution abatement orders;
  • orders related to the remediation of contaminated sites;
  • the licensing and use of surface water;
  • orders involving changes to stream channels;
  • permits, licences, and administrative penalties related to hunting, trapping, angling, guide outfitting, and the possession of wildlife;
  • permits, licences and administrative penalties related to certain pesticide uses;
  • ground water well drilling; and
  • reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and renewable fuel content.

Each Act that provides for appeals to the EAB also specifies who is eligible to appeal a decision to the EAB.

Contact

Environmental Appeal Board
4th Floor, 747 Fort Street
Victoria, BC  V8W 3E9

Mailing address:
PO Box 9425 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC  V8W 9V1

Telephone: (250) 387-3464
Fax: (250) 356-9923
Website: www.eab.gov.bc.ca/index.htm
Email: eabinfo@gov.bc.ca

Justice Education Society Resources

Early Resolution

Before you appeal to the tribunal, have you tried to work out your situation by other methods? The tribunal process can take a lot of time and may not result in the decision you expected. Use this Early Dispute Resolution checklist to find out if you have tried all avenues available to you. The following videos and PDFs will also help you.

Negotiating a Solution

You’ve prepared for your tough talk, now you’re ready for the next step: negotiation.
Read the PDF.

Understanding Disputes

Here’s what’s really going on behind most disputes.
Read the PDF.

Preparing for a Tough Talk

Find out how to prepare for a difficult conversation to settle a dispute.
Read the PDF.

Choosing a Dispute Resolution Option

Find out about mediation and other ways to resolve disputes.
Read the PDF.

Preparing for a Hearing

If you have decided to move forward with the tribunal process, use this Tribunal Hearing Preparation checklist to help you get ready. You will also want to read A Guide to the Effective Presentation of Your Case Before the Environmental Appeal Board (PDF). For general information about how to prepare, take a look at the videos and PDFs below.

Written Hearings

This video describes the process for submitting your case in writing and what your submission must contain.
Read the PDF.

Telephone hearings

Find out how to prepare to make an effective presentation for a hearing over the phone.
Read the PDF.

In-person Hearings

Watch a dramatization of what it’s like to make a case at an in-person hearing.
Read the PDF.

Hearings: First steps

This video introduces the different tribunal processes, including mediation and settlement conferences.
Read the PDF.