The Role of Enforcement in Tackling Climate Change and Advancing Environmental Justice

The United States Department of Justice may not be the first agency that comes to mind, when you think about federal efforts to grapple with climate change and environmental justice. But alongside states, tribes, and NGOs, the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) brings cases to control and offset greenhouse gases and toxic air pollution, address legacy contamination and failing water systems in overburdened communities, and catalyze industry shifts to cleaner technologies.

After a brief overview of ENRD’s broader portfolio, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Kate Konschnik will discuss the work of the Environmental Enforcement Section, focusing on a few cases to illustrate the roles DOJ plays in this important space.