Given that the decisions to be made will have an impact on Utah for thousands of years to come, waiting a month to vote on the makeup of the state's new Radiation Control Board seems reasonable.
The chairman of the state Senate committee in charge of the matter was right Wednesday to put a hold on two of Gov. Gary Herbert's nominations to the reconstituted board. The other six nominees were approved by the Senate, but Sen. Ralph Okerlund, R-Monroe, rightly decided that his panel should take a longer look at two candidates who, arguably, would be better cast as advocates who appear before the board rather than as members of the review panel.
The nominees to receive more scrutiny are Sarah Fields, of the Moab public advocacy group Uranium Watch, and Dan Shrum, regulatory compliance officer for EnergySolutions, the company that owns the Tooele County landfill that is the source of much of the business and most of the controversy that is likely to come before the board.