About the Office

The Nebraska Department of Justice/Office of the Attorney General operates, in many respects, as the "State's law firm".

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning

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Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources

The Attorney General's Office protects and defends the interests of the state and its citizens in all areas of natural resources law, environmental law and agriculture law. This section represents and advises state agencies and boards that regulate and oversee agriculture, natural resources and the environment.

The section is responsible for enforcement of environmental laws, rules and regulations by bringing civil or criminal court actions on behalf of the state. The section also protects the state's interests in the waters of interstate rivers, with respect to interstate water allocation, ongoing river operations and federal environmental requirements, including the Endangered Species Act. This also includes providing legal services, counseling, litigation and legislative support for:

  • The Department of Agriculture
  • The Department of Natural Resources
  • The Department of Environmental Quality
  • The Game and Parks Commission
  • The Department of Health and Human Services Licensure and Regulation (as it applies to water quality issues)
  • Various state boards and commissions