Conflict Resolution

Conflict - There are times when working in groups creates conflict. Conflicts can also erupt between the government agency and the citizen groups. There are various forms of conflict resolution, or alternative dispute resolution. These methods include negotiation, mediation, arbitration and other more formal methods. Many times an independent mediator, acceptable to both parties, can be hired to help resolve the conflict. Disputes between community groups may be addressed with a community-based dispute resolution center. Such organizations are often nonprofit and do not charge. In other areas, attorneys provide this service for a charge.

In disputes with the government, the EPA is beginning to use the alternative dispute resolution process. In December, 2000, The Federal Register published the EPA policy on alternative dispute resolution. The EPA is a strong supporter of this technique to resolve serious conflicts.


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