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The Office of Environmental Adjudication (OEA) was created in 1995 by Ind. Code 4-21.5-7 (hereafter IC).  Except as provided in IC 14-10-2-2.5,  an Environmental Law Judge is the ultimate authority for review of agency actions of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). See 315 IAC 1-1-1.

OEA is required to conduct adjudicatory hearings necessary to implement the IDEM's

For OEA to review an IDEM decision, a Petition for Administrative Review must be timely filed and thereafter litigated before an OEA  Administrative Law Judge.  A Petition generally falls into one of three categories:  appeal of enforcement actions brought by IDEM,  appeal of an IDEM decision to issue or deny a permit, or appeal of an Excess Liability Trust Fund determination.

For information on IDEM's functions see