DOJ Environment Chief Sends Last-Minute Enforcement Memos (1)

Jan. 15, 2021, 8:02 PMUpdated: Jan. 15, 2021, 8:59 PM

The Justice Department’s top environment attorney issued two enforcement directives just before resigning this week, adding to a flurry of last-minute actions that have drawn criticism from outside the agency.

Jeffrey Bossert Clark, who was assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, on Thursday released a 19-page memo and a seven-page supplement setting out the division’s enforcement priorities and principles for how agency lawyers pursue cases against alleged violators of federal statutes. The documents appeared on the agency’s website Friday.

  • The memo, which replaces but largely tracks with a 2018 directive, says ENRD lawyers should “be wary ...

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