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On November 16, 2009, ENRD will celebrate the Division's 100th Anniversary! 

Commemorative celebration plans are being finalized.  Click above to read about ENRD's 100 years of public service. 

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We look forward to celebrating with you!

Acting Assistant Attorney General

Acting Assistant Attorney General  John C. Cruden

John C. Cruden was named Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the U.S. Department of Justice by President Obama on January 20, 2009.  As Acting Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Cruden oversees environmental litigation arising under more than 150 federal statutes, such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERCLA (Superfund), the Endangered Species Act, NEPA, and others.  The Environment Division’s work includes affirmative civil suits to stop polluters and recover clean-up costs, prosecution of environmental and wildlife crimes, defense of federal agencies and their programs, including management of federal lands and other natural resources, defense of federal environmental regulations, litigation relating to tribes and Indian lands, and condemnation of land for congressionally authorized public use. 

Mr. Cruden has spent most of his legal life litigating, teaching litigation-related subjects, or supervising litigators.  He has served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General  in the Environment Division since 1995, following four years as Chief of the Environmental Enforcement Section.  He joined ENRD in 1991 after working as Chief Legislative Counsel for the Army, as an agency General Counsel, as Special Counsel to the Civil Division’s Assistant Attorney General, and as a military lawyer.  While at DOJ, he twice has received the highest government award, the Presidential Rank Award, from two different Presidents.  He is a Past President of the District of Columbia Bar, the second largest bar in the nation, and was the first government attorney to be elected and serve in that position.  He is on the board of the National Conference of Bar Presidents.  Mr. Cruden is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law.  He is currently the Chair-Elect, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources and  a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  In 2007 he was listed by a national magazine as one of the top 500 lawyers in America.  John also is a swim coach for Special Olympics and a recipient of Fairfax County Virginia’s Volunteer of the Year award for his work with mentally handicapped children.  John graduated from West Point, Santa Clara Law School summa cum laude, and the University of Virginia with honors.

Environment and Natural Resources Division

The Environment and Natural Resources Division, which is organized into ten sections, has primary responsibility for litigation on behalf of the United States regarding:

With offices across the United States, the Division is the nation's environmental lawyer, and the largest environmental law firm in the country.

Latest News
August 27, 2009
United States & Illinois File Clean Air Act Lawsuit Against Midwest Generation (09-877)
The United States and the state of Illinois have filed a civil complaint against Midwest Generation LLC, alleging that the company violated, and continues to violate, the Clean Air Act, announced the Justice Department, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Illinois Attorney General’s office. (Read more)
August 25, 2009
Tennessee Demolition and Salvage Companies Indicted for Clean Air Act Violations and Defrauding the United States (09-867)
Two demolition and salvage companies and three of their respective owners and supervisors were indicted today by a federal grand jury in Chattanooga, Tenn. The indictment describes a year-long scheme in which the former Standard Coosa Thatcher plant in Chattanooga was illegally demolished while still containing large amounts of asbestos. (Read more)
August 20, 2009
Two Chief Engineers from Oil Tanker “Georgios M” Indicted for Environmental Crimes (09-830)
A federal grand jury in Houston has returned an indictment charging two crewmembers of the oil tanker Georgios M with making false statements, violating federal law designed to prevent pollution from ships and obstruction of justice. (Read more)
Tyson Fresh Meats Inc., to Pay More Than $2 Million for Discharges from Nebraska Plant (09-829)
Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., the world’s largest supplier of premium beef and pork, has agreed to pay a $2,026,500 civil penalty to settle allegations that it violated terms of a 2002 consent decree and a federally-issued pollution discharge permit at its meat processing facility in Dakota City, Neb. (Read more)
Two Manufacturers Agree to Settle Clean Air Act Claims Resulting from Explosions at Plants in Kentucky and Mississippi (09-826)
The Department has reached a proposed settlement with Microsemi Corporation that requires the company to divest all of the assets that it acquired from Semicoa Inc. on July 14, 2008. The Department said that without this divestiture, there would be little or no competition in the development, manufacture and sale of certain semiconductor devices used in military and space programs essential to the security of the United States. (Read more)
Last Updated: 8/27/2009