Herbert names Department of Environmental Quality director

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah has a new top environmental regulator.

Gov. Gary Herbert's office on Wednesday announced his appointment of Scott Baird as executive director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.

Baird has served as the department's interim director since June and has worked for the department since 2014, initially as director of legislative and government affairs and later as deputy director, overseeing policy, planning and operational improvement.

Baird previously worked in the Governor's Office of Management and Budget.

The appointment is subject to state Senate confirmation.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that the story is subject to Senate confirmation.