- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah’s former top environmental regulator has taken a job as an attorney for the energy industry barely a week after stepping down.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1RHhAm9 ) that Amanda Smith was hired by law firm Holland & Hart, whose clients include Kennecott Utah Copper, EnergySolutions, Chevron and other industrial players in the West.

She served for six years as the head of the Department of Environmental Quality under Gov. Gary Herbert.

Holland & Hart is a Denver-based firm employing 500 lawyers in 15 offices spread around the country. Its Salt Lake City office has doubled in size to 100 lawyers over the past four years. It includes some of the state’s most influential attorneys in natural resource and environmental law.

Smith left the DEQ on May 22.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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