Waste Regulator Pleads Innocent
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ A former state regulator accused of extorting money from the owner of a radioactive waste dump has pleaded innocent.
Larry F. Anderson, 62, who was Utah’s director of radiation control from 1983 to 1993, entered the pleas Thursday in federal court.
He is accused of illegally obtaining $600,000 in cash, gold coins and real estate from Khosrow Semnani, owner of Envirocare of Utah, which operates a low-level radioactive waste landfill 65 miles west of Salt Lake City.
Semnani claims he paid Anderson out of fear of economic and regulatory reprisals against Envirocare. Anderson has said the money was for legitimate consulting services.
Semnani, who agreed to testify against Anderson, pleaded guilty in July to aiding and abetting the filing of a false tax return and was fined $100,000.