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John C. Cruden
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
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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.

Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden Speaks at Marvin Gaye Park on the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day
April 22, 2015
Good morning and welcome to Earth Day 2015.

This marks the Environment and Natural Resources Division’s (ENRD) consecutive year coming to Marvin Gaye Park in Washington, D.C. to celebrate Earth Day by working with Washington Parks and People and with its Director, Steve Coleman. We are thrilled to be joined today by Acting Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates as well as our colleagues from the Department of Justice’s Justice Management Division and from the Department of the Interior.

ExxonMobil to Pay $5 Million to Settle U.S. and Arkansas Claims for 2013 Mayflower Oil Spill
April 22, 2015
ExxonMobil Pipeline Company and Mobil Pipe Line Company (ExxonMobil) have agreed to pay civil penalties, fund an environmental project and implement corrective measures to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and state environmental laws stemming from a 2013 crude oil spill from the Pegasus Pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas, the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.
Noble Energy Inc. Agrees to Make System Upgrades and Fund Projects to Reduce Air Pollution in Colorado
April 22, 2015
Today, a settlement with Houston-based Noble Energy, Inc. resolving alleged Clean Air Act violations stemming from the company’s oil and gas exploration and production activities in the Denver-Julesburg Basin, north of Denver, Colorado. The settlement resolves claims that Noble failed to adequately design, size, operate and maintain vapor control systems on its controlled condensate storage tanks, resulting in emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

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