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Sam Hirsch
Acting Assistant Attorney General
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(202) 514-2701
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The Environment and Natural Resources Division, which is organized into ten sections, has primary responsibilities for litigation as well as appellate and policy work on behalf of the United States regarding:

Prevention and Clean Up of Pollution

Environmental Challenges to Federal Programs and Activities

Stewardship of Public Lands and Natural Resources

Property Acquisition for Federal Needs

Wildlife Protection

Indian Rights and Claims

With offices across the United States, the Division is the nation's environmental lawyer, and the largest environmental law firm in the country.

 

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Sam Hirsch
Acting Assistant Attorney General (Acting AAG)

Sam Hirsch was appointed Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division on May 19, 2014.


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Owners of Safari Company Indicted for Illegal Rhino Hunts
October 23, 2014
The owners of Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris were charged with conspiracy to sell illegal rhinoceros hunts in South Africa in order to defraud American hunters, money laundering and secretly trafficking in rhino horns, announced Sam Hirsch Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division; George L. Beck, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama; and Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The indictment was unsealed today in Montgomery, Alabama following the federal indictment.
Brooklyn Fish Dealer Sentenced To Four Months For Wire Fraud
October 22, 2014
WASHINGTON – Alan Dresner, a federally-licensed fish dealer from Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced today in federal court in Central Islip, New York, for violations stemming from his role in systematically underreporting fluke (summer flounder) that was being harvested as part of the federal Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program, the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division announced.
Offshore Oil Platform Owner to Improve Safety and Operations in Gulf of Mexico Following Unauthorized Oil Discharges
October 16, 2014
Under a settlement agreement with the United States, ATP Infrastructure Partners LP (ATP-IP) will pay a $1 million civil penalty and perform corrective measures to resolve claims by the U.S. under the Clean Water Act and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) of unauthorized discharges of oil and chemicals from an oil platform into the Gulf of Mexico, announced the Department of Justice, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This is the first joint judicial enforcement action involving BSEE and EPA claims in response to alleged violations of both the Clean Water Act and OCSLA.

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