Utah senators yielded to public pressure and decided to hold off Wednesday on confirming Gov. Gary Herbert's appointment of an EnergySolutions representative to the state Radiation Control Board, but also held back an environmental advocate for further review.
The body approved six of eight nominees from Herbert, but a committee will further review the nomination of Dan Shrum, the radioactive waste company's regulatory compliance officer. He would fill a slot reserved by law for an industry representative, but the Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah and others protested that it's a conflict of interest to appoint someone from the state's major waste company.
Sen. Ralph Okerlund, R-Monroe, chairs the Natural Resources Confirmation Committee and on Wednesday took the unusual step of withholding Shrum's name for committee review. He said he did so at the request of Sen. Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City, who also requested further review for Sarah Fields, an advocate with Moab-based Uranium Watch.