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Acting Assistant Attorney General
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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.


Meet the Assistant Attorney General
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.

Tilghman Island Fisherman Sentenced to Prison for Illegal Fish Harvesting in the Chesapeake Bay
December 17, 2014
William J. Lednum, 41, of Tilghman Island, Maryland, was sentenced today in federal court in Baltimore to a year and day in prison, respectively followed by six months of home detention as part of three years of supervised release, for conspiring to violate the Lacey Act and to defraud the United States through their illegal harvesting and sale of 185,925 pounds of striped bass. Lednum was also ordered to pay $498,293.40 in restitution to the State of Maryland for the damage caused to the Striped Bass fishery.  In addition, Judge Bennett ordered Lednum to pay a fine of $40,000.
Cargo Ship Chief Engineer Convicted of Environmental Crimes, Obstruction of Justice and Witness Tampering
December 17, 2014
A chief engineer from the M/V Trident Navigator was convicted by a federal jury in New Orleans late yesterday after a week-long trial, of knowingly falsifying the vessel’s oil record book in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), obstruction of justice and witness tampering, announced the Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Statement by Attorney General Holder on the Senate Confirmation of John Cruden as the Assistant Attorney General of the Environment and Natural Resources Division
December 16, 2014
“I am delighted to welcome John Cruden back to the Department of Justice as Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division."

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