Craig Anderson, the newly appointed environmental division chief of the Utah Attorney General's Office, said Wednesday his immediate priority is to put into place a law that changes how private parties challenge agency orders on environmental issues.
Those orders involve areas overseen by five state boards, including air quality, radiation control, drinking water, water quality and hazardous waste control. Under SB11 sponsored by Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, and signed into law by Gov. Gary Herbert appeals of division directors' decisions will no longer be heard by the boards but by the director of environmental quality.
"It's been a job I've been interested in for quite awhile," Anderson said. "We'll be putting in policies to streamline the process and I'm excited for the opportunity."