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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.

 

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.


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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.
Remarks by Acting Assistant Attorney General Sam Hirsch on the Occasion of the Ceremony to Commemorate the Historic Settlement of Tribal Trust Claims Between the United States and the Navajo Nation
September 26, 2014
I am deeply honored to stand here today with the leaders and members of the Navajo Nation and my colleagues from the Department of the Interior to share in this momentous occasion, one that marks a new era in the enduring trust relationship between the United States and the Navajo Nation.
Attorney General Holder, Secretary Jewell Announce $554 Million Settlement of Tribal Trust Accounting and Management Lawsuit Filed by Navajo Nation
September 26, 2014
Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced the settlement of a lawsuit filed by the Navajo Nation regarding the U.S. government’s management of funds and natural resources that it holds in trust for the Navajo Nation. The settlement resolves a long-standing dispute, with some of the claims dating back more than 50 years, and brings to an end protracted litigation that has burdened both the Navajo Nation and the United States.

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