Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is named on conservationists' list of most environmentally unaware officials - the national "Dirty Dozen" list.
The list was released Thursday by Environmental Action, which has listed its "Dirty Dozen" foes every year since 1970. It targets members of Congress for defeat on their re-election campaigns.Hatch's selection was endorsed by the Sierra Club's Utah Chapter. In addition to Hatch, two other senators and nine members of the House of Representatives are on this year's list. No other Utahns are on it.
Rudy Lukez, conservation chair for the Sierra Club's Utah Chapter, attacked Hatch's environmental record. He added that Vice President George Bush, the Republican candidate for president, is saying he would work hard for a clean environment, if elected.
"Sen. Hatch is behind the times, even in his own party," Lukez said.
Of 64 senators and congressmen selected as "Dirty Dozen" members over the years, 32 were defeated or left office.