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John C. Cruden
Assistant Attorney General
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Office of the Assistant Attorney General
(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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AAG John C. CrudenJohn C. Cruden
Assistant Attorney General (AAG)

John C. Cruden was confirmed by the US Senate on December 16, 2014 as the U.S. Department of Justice’s Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) and sworn in on January 5, 2015.


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Historic $5.15 Billion Environmental and Tort Settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Goes into Effect
January 23, 2015
A historic settlement reached with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Kerr McGee has gone into effect, allowing funds to be disbursed for cleanups across the country, announced Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District of New York, and Assistant Administrator Cynthia Giles of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Owners & Managers of Former Salvage Operations at Former Textile Plant in Tennessee Sentenced to Prison for Conspiracy Associated with Illegal Asbestos Removal
January 22, 2015
U.S. District Judge Ronnie Greer sentenced five people to prison terms in federal court in Greeneville, Tennessee, late yesterday for conspiring to commit Clean Air Act offenses in connection with the illegal removal and disposal of asbestos-containing materials at the former Liberty Fibers Plant in Hamblen County, Tennessee, the Justice Department announced. A&E Salvage had purchased the plant out of bankruptcy in order to salvage metals which remained in the plant after it ceased operations.
Thirteen Commercial Fishermen Charged in North Carolina with Illegally Harvesting and Selling Atlantic Striped Bass
January 21, 2015
Thirteen commercial fishermen in North Carolina and Georgia have been charged in federal court in Raleigh, North Carolina, for their role in the illegal harvest and sale and false reporting of approximately 90,000 pounds of Atlantic striped bass from federal waters off the coast of North Carolina during 2009 and 2010, the Justice Department announced today. The average retail value of the illegally harvested striped bass is approximately $1.1 million.

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