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Local lawmakers earn perfect ratings on environmental scorecard

(L-R) Reps. Aaron Frey, John Schneck and Archie Verow earned perfect ratings on their environmental scorecards.
House Majority Office, Maine Legislature
(L-R) Reps. Aaron Frey, John Schneck and Archie Verow earned perfect ratings on their environmental scorecards.
Posted Aug. 28, 2014, at 4:45 p.m.

AUGUSTA – Reps. Aaron Frey, D-Bangor, John Schneck, D-Bangor, and Archie Verow, D-Brewer, earned perfect ratings for their votes in the 126th Legislature from Maine Conservation Voters.

“The Maine economy relies on the health of our environment and natural resources. Economic drivers like the Penobscot River and the Bangor Waterfront are important to our region,” said Frey, who serves on the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee.

“How well we take care of our environment has a tremendous impact on quality of life in our state. I am proud to stand up for Maine people who count on our natural resources for their livelihood and way of life,” said Schneck, who serves on the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee.

“Our well-being and our prosperity rely on the health of our environment and natural resources. Our stewardship of this beautiful state will ensure that our children and grandchildren enjoy all that it has to offer,” said Verow, a member of the Transportation Committee.

The statewide environmental advocacy group took into account 13 key bills from the 126th Legislature.

The measures address metallic mining rules; food hubs to support school nutrition and the local foods economy; lake protections; solar equipment rebates; investment in clean water infrastructure; timber harvesting on public lands; the reopening of the St. Croix River to alewives; wind power siting; the labeling of genetically modified food and seed stock; a climate change plan for the state; protection from toxic chemicals for children and pregnant women; and a paint recycling program.

The full scorecard can be found at www.mlcv.org.

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