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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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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.


News
Major Egg Producer to Reduce Water Pollution Discharges at Mississippi Facility
April 13, 2015
The U.S. has reached a settlement with Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., one of the nation’s largest egg producers, that resolves Clean Water Act violations at the company’s poultry egg production facility in Edwards, Mississippi, announced the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Under the settlement, Cal-Maine will bring the facility into compliance with its state-issued water discharge permit, significantly reduce nutrient pollution discharges and improve environmental data collection and reporting practices. The company will also pay a $475,000 penalty to be split evenly between the U.S. and Mississippi.
Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Falsifying a Wildlife Document Related to the Sale of Horns from a Black Rhino
March 26, 2015
John A. Brommel, 53, a resident of Austin, Texas, and the owner of a taxidermy business, pleaded guilty today to violating the Lacey Act’s false labeling provision by knowingly selling horns from a black rhinoceros to non-Texas residents and falsifying the bill of sale to conceal the fact that the actual purchasers were not residents of Texas.
Canadian Antiques Dealer Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Smuggling Rhinoceros Horns, Elephant Ivory and Coral
March 25, 2015
“Wildlife smuggling is a transnational crime that knows no borders and requires an international response,” said Assistant Attorney General Cruden. “Cooperation between the United States and Canadian law enforcement was crucial to cracking this case. The United States greatly appreciates the assistance of Environment Canada in bringing Guan to justice. International law enforcement collaboration is essential if we are to prevent elephant and rhino species from being extinguished in our own lifetime.”

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