SALT LAKE CITY — An environmental attorney and an information technology specialist recently were named as attorney and employee of 2013 for the Utah Attorney General’s Office.

At an awards luncheon last week, acting Attorney General Brian Tarbet and chief deputy Kirk Torgensen recognized the work of assistant attorney general Christian Stephens, who has represented the state on a number of air quality issues, and Chris Earl, an IT specialist who has been handling most of the technology needs for the office, as well as recovering records for investigations.

Stephens has been involved in cases regarding Utah’s air quality, including the Tesoro and Holly refinery expansions and the enforcement of air quality standards with the Stericycle medical waste management company.

“Christian will continue to have a positive impact on the health of Utah residents and the quality of the environment for many, many years,” Tarbet said.

Earl worked with investigators to recover missing documents to help with several investigations.

“Chris has literally worked around the clock to preserve the integrity of our office’s data and to conduct the efforts at data recovery,” said assistant attorney general David Sonnenreich. “His efforts have resulted in the recovery of thousands of pages of lost emails. The integrity and good spirits he brings to his work has materially improved the level of cooperation and significantly reduced possibility of future data loss.”