On May 23, Attorney General Josh Kaul announced a restructuring at the Department of Justice (DOJ) that will allow for more environmental enforcement. The restructuring merges DOJ’s Environmental Protection Unit and Consumer Protection Unit under a single Public Protection Unit. Kaul said the new unit is “a step toward revitalizing the enforcement of our consumer protection and environmental laws.”
The new Public Protection Unit will have a single director, allowing DOJ to shift the open position of a second unit director to a new environmental attorney. Under the restructuring, there will be a total of six attorneys assigned to environmental cases, plus a combined staff available to work on both environmental and consumer protection cases.