The U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD)
is one of seven litigating components of the United States Department of Justice
. ENRD’s mandate is to enforce civil and criminal environmental laws
and programs protecting the health and environment of the United States, and to defend suits
challenging those laws and programs.
The Division initiates and pursues legal action to enforce federal pollution
abatement laws and obtain compliance with environmental protection and conservation statutes. ENRD also represents the United States in all matters concerning protection, use, and development of the nation’s natural resources
and public lands
. The Division defends suits challenging all of the foregoing laws, and fulfills the federal government’s responsibility to litigate on behalf of Native American tribes
and individual Native Americans
. The Division is also responsible for the acquisition of real property
by eminent domain
for the federal government
, and brings and defends cases under wildlife protection laws. ENRD’s legal successes have reduced harmful discharges into the air, water, and land, enabled clean-up of contaminated waste sites, and ensured proper disposal of solid and hazardous waste.
The head of the Environment and Natural Resources Division is an Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources (AAG-ENR) appointed by the President of the United States
. The current... Read More