FILING AN APPEAL WITH THE AIR QUALITY BOARD:
The West Virginia Air Quality Board is responsible for hearing appeals of permits and enforcement decisions issued by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Air Quality. While citizens and regulated persons may file appeals with the Board, it is important to note that in most cases, the Board can only accept appeals which are filed within thirty days of the permit applicant's receipt of the permit or order.
In order to file an appeal with the Air Quality
Board, the appellant (person filing the appeal) should obtain
a Notice of Appeal form from the Board office. For your
convenience, click here to obtain
a Notice of Appeal form or Printer Friendly Version. The appeal must include a copy
of the permit or order which you are appealing, the date
such permit or order was issued, and the relief being sought.
(Examples of the relief being sought could include revisions
to or the revocation of the permit; or vacating the order.)
When you file the Notice of Appeal you should
attach a detailed description of your objections, whether
factual or legal, to the permit or order. (Examples of factual
or legal objections could include the issuance of the permit;
or the conditions and requirements of the permit or order.)
You should include a statement of any facts which are relevant
to the appeal.
In addition, when filing an appeal you must
attach a Certificate of Service which lists the names and
addresses of the parties to the appeal. Parties of an appeal
include the permit holder and the governmental agency which
issued the permit or order. For your convenience, click
here to obtain a Certificate of Service. Once you have
completed the appeal form and compiled the required documents
you may simply mail the original and eight (8) copies to
the Board's office located at 601 57th Street, SE, Charleston, WV 25304. Please note that it is only necessary
to include one copy of the permit or order which is the
subject of the appeal. The Appeal may also be filed through
personal service. A copy of your appeal must also be mailed
to the permit holder (if that company or person is not the
filer of the appeal), since the permit holder has a right
to participate in the appeal process.
Once the Air Quality Board receives the appeal, it will be assigned an appeal number which you should reference in any further correspondence with the Board. The Board will then serve the appeal on the appropriate governmental agency and Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Legal Services.
The Air Quality Board will then set your appeal
for a hearing before the members of the Board. The Board
usually sets the appeal hearings about two months after
the date that the appeal is initially filed. You will receive
a Notice of Hearing from the Board informing you of the
date, time and location of the hearing on your appeal. This
Notice will contain a Certificate of Service which will
list the names and addresses of all parties to the
appeal. All further appeal related materials and/or documents
which you submit to the Board must also be served on all
parties to the appeal. You should use the time between filing
the appeal and the hearing date to prepare for the hearing
by requesting any necessary documents and conducting discovery.
of discovery for more information.