Attached is the final guidance on the use of alternative dispute resolution adr techniques in enforcement actions this guidance has been reviewed by epa headquarters and regional offices the department of justice as well as by representatives of the regulated community. The agencys final guidance on use of alternative dispute resolution techniques in enforcement actions describes adr processes criteria for deciding when to submit cases to these procedures and guidelines for obtaining the services of qualified adr professionals. Facilitation involves the use of techniques to improve the flow of information in a meeting between parties to a dispute the term facilitator is often used interchangeably with the term mediator but a facilitator does not typically become as involved in the substantives issues as does a mediator. One important tool available to assist in the effective resolution of conflicts over compliance with environmental requirements and support collaboration with local communities is the use of alternative dispute resolution adr techniques and approaches. This article reports the results of a four part evaluation of the use of adr in enforcement actions at the epa during the last two decades funded by the hewlett foundation this effort utilized in cently announced plans to increase the use of alternative dispute resolution adr techniques and practices across 1987 epa issues guidance
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