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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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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.

U.S. Branch of Canadian Company to Pay $2.5 Million Penalty for Shreveport, La., Wastewater Plant
July 10, 2014
Houston-based CCS (USA) Inc. and several of its operating subsidiaries will pay a $2.5 million civil penalty relating to operations at its Shreveport, Louisiana, industrial wastewater treatment plant, the Department of Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of Louisiana announced today. The settlement will resolve violations of the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and the hazardous waste law known as RCRA.
Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Rhino and Ivory Smuggling Conspiracy
June 24, 2014
Ning Qiu, a resident of Frisco, Texas, and an appraiser of Asian art, pleaded guilty today in federal court to participating in an illegal wildlife smuggling conspiracy in which rhinoceros horns and objects made from rhino horn and elephant ivory worth nearly $1 million were smuggled from the United States to China.
Houston Man Charged with Biofuels Fraud Scheme
June 19, 2014
A federal grand jury in Houston, Texas, today indicted Philip Joseph Rivkin, a/k/a Felipe Poitan Arriaga, for offenses involving a federal renewable fuel program that allegedly netted him more than $29 million, the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division announced. The 68-count indictment against Rivkin, 49, of Houston and most recently, Guatemala City, Guatemala, includes allegations of wire fraud, mail fraud, Clean Air Act false statements, and money laundering.

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Last Updated: July 2014