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Senate approves bill reshaping environmental boards

Published February 6, 2012 2:31 pm

Environment • Bill moves to House.
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The Utah Senate approved legislation Monday that would overhaul the state boards that oversee clean air, water and radioactive waste.

Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, said the bill has been revised to add a representative from an environmental group to each board.

The other members on the board would be industry representatives or government officials.

"Changes have been made to involve the environmental community, and they have a voice on each board," Dayton said.

SB21 would reduce the membership of all five of the environmental boards and would shift many of the boards' responsibilities to staff at the Department of Environmental Quality.

The measure was a top priority for the Utah Manufacturers Association and Utah Mining Association.

The Senate passed the bill 23-6, and it now moves to the House for consideration.

Robert Gehrke