Environmentalist award announced

Jul 31 2012 - 11:42pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- Lynn Anderson, of Bountiful, a candidate for the Utah House of Representatives 19th District, was named the Environmentalist of the Year last week by the Utah Environmental Congress.

Anderson is a proponent of stricter air standards and safety oversight of Utah-based refineries as well as increasing education funding by instituting a severance tax on the mining of coal.

She also favors equalizing severance tax rates with other Western states on all natural resources.

Anderson claims that the state loses hundreds of millions of dollars in educational funding per year because of the deficiencies in the state's tax system, particularly in the extraction industries.

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