Environment and Natural Resources Division

Environment and Natural Resources Division

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Meet the Assistant Attorney General

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Assistant Attorney General

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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John C. Cruden
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What We Do

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.