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AUGUSTA - The Maine League of Conservation Voters released their "environmental scorecards" Tuesday, giving top honors to Rep. Hannah Pingree (D-North Haven). The Maine League of Conservation reviewed 14 pieces of legislation over both sessions of the 121st Maine Legislature. Representatives are ranked according to their support of these environmentally conscious laws. Pingree was named to MLCV's honor roll.
"Growing up on the coast of Maine taught me to understand how important it is to protect our environment," said Pingree. "Our environment is the cornerstone of our state's economy, especially for industries like fishing and tourism. I am dedicated to promoting safe and responsible environmental practices for the future."
Although not included in the scorecard, MLCV highlighted Pingree's successful bipartisan legislation banning the use of some brominated flame retardants (BFRs) by 2008 as important legislation from 121st Legislature. BFRs are chemicals added to everyday products like computers, televisions, or fibers in furniture to slow the spread of flames during a fire. The chemicals, which are absorbed through the skin by contact with products, have been found unsafe for infants and children, threatening normal brain development and damaging organs. The absorption of BFRs is a growing problem for women, because chemicals are passed onto children through breast milk.
MLCV created scorecards based on legislation that would significantly impact Maine's environment both positively and negatively. The mission of MLCV is to make the protection of Maine's natural resources a priority for Maine citizens. It is an independent, non-partisan organization, which seeks to increase public awareness on the performance of Maine legislators on environmental issues in order to allow Maine voters to hold elected officials accountable.
Rep. Hannah Pingree, 867-2336
Casey Johnson, Legislative Aide, 287-1430
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