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Thursday, March 22 News

Leone's votes on environment earns him praise

State Sen. Carlo Leone, D-Stamford, has received a perfect score from the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters on its 2014 Environmental Scorecard, which rates Connecticut's state legislators by the votes they have cast on key environmental bills.

"Our environment is one of the state's greatest assets, and protecting it has been and will remain a top priority of mine," Leone said in a news release. "The natural beauty of Connecticut is worth protecting in its own right, but the quality of our environment is also very important to the state's tourism and fishing industries, among many others. Protecting our natural resources is a smart investment in our future."

The major issues tracked by CTLCV in 2014 were open space protection, state parks stewardship, tree trimming, water planning, Long Island Sound protection, genetically modified grass seed, children's exposure to pesticides, toxins in the environment (in addition to pesticides), chemicals of high concern for children, fracking waste, methane gas leaks from natural gas delivery systems, outdoor wood-burning furnaces, the public's right to comment on subdivision applications, repeal of environmental regulations, and exemption from penalties for first-time violators of environmental regulations.

Leone's 27th Senatorial District represents a portion of Darien.

The full report is available by visiting www.ctlcv.org.