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Ted Kennedy, Jr.

Representing Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison & North Branford

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Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr. Receives Legislative Champion Award From the Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound

Kennedy recognized for his legislative work to protect Connecticut’s environmental health

NEW HAVEN—State Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr. (D-Branford) has been presented with the “2018 Legislative Champion Award” by the Connecticut Fund for the Environment (CFE) in recognition of his outstanding leadership and advocacy to protect Long Island Sound and Connecticut’s waterways from plastics and other pollutants, to promote renewable energy, to reduce harmful exposures to toxic chemicals, and to expand protections for state parks, forests and open space.

The Connecticut Fund for the Environment / Save the Sound is one of Connecticut’s leading environmental law and advocacy organizations.

“As co-chair of the General Assembly’s Environment Committee, Senator Kennedy authored and led passage of more than 70 new environmental laws in just four years, a remarkably productive tenure for any legislator. Many of these laws represent significant, new environmental changes and reforms that will protect our air, water, public health and natural resources for generations to come,” said Leslie Lee, Chair of the CFE Board. “Ted made environmental protection his top priority, and his legislative accomplishments will be a lasting legacy to the citizens of Connecticut.”

Ms. Lee cited many of Sen. Kennedy’s legislative achievements during the 2018 legislative session, including stopping clothing fiber pollution in our waterways, teaching climate change in schools, enhancing the safety of hazardous waste facilities most at risk of flooding and climate change, establishing Passport to the Parks, establishing a “Right to Know” law for all sewage spills, and strengthening Connecticut’s environmental permitting process.

Ms. Lee also recognized Sen. Kennedy’s leadership on Senate Bill 7, an ambitious and comprehensive state law that tackles the twin issues of climate change and sea level rise.

“Because of Senator Kennedy, Connecticut now has a new statutory benchmark for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting new sources of alternative energy, factoring sea level rise in all coastal zone projects, fortifying our de-carbonization efforts, and creating local green energy jobs,” Lee said. “He was also successful in advancing efforts to reduce and eliminate exposure to toxic chemicals.”

During his time in office, Sen. Kennedy wrote laws to prohibit the use of toxic coal tar road sealants, ban the use of toxic herbicides on all state playgrounds, establish strong disclosure and notification requirements for pesticide applications on school property and athletic fields, and create the nation’s most comprehensive pollinator health law to address the recent 60 percent die-off of Connecticut’s bees due, in part, to toxic herbicides.

Sen. Kennedy also led passage of a new law to require all railroad companies to disclose their widespread spraying of herbicides and other toxic chemicals.

“I am deeply honored to receive this recognition from CFE, who I consider to be one of our nation’s leading advocacy organizations in the cause of environmental protection,” Sen. Kennedy said upon accepting his award. “As a lawyer and graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, I can attest to the outstanding contributions that CFE continues to make to deepen our society’s understanding and appreciation of climate change science, Clean Water Act compliance, and the effect of air pollution on our environment and public health. These legislative successes would not have been achieved without the work of CFE. My legislative colleagues and I have worked alongside CFE staff on the writing and passage of major state environmental laws, and we rely on CFE’s deep scientific knowledge and legal expertise. Despite the even 18-18 party split in the state Senate, these important laws were passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, due in large part to the tireless work and credibility of CFE. CFE /Save the Sound has been a critical voice in the legislature to ensure that Long Island Sound and our other assets are preserved for generations to come.”

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