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Conservationists Say Thanks to Rep. Hetherington

WILTON, Conn. ? State Rep. John Hetherington has been high marks from Connecticut environmentalists for his votes in support of green initiatives.

Hetherington, whose 125th District includes Wilton and New Canaan, received a 90 percent rating on the annual environmental scorecard issued by the bipartisan Connecticut League of Conservation Voters.

The lawmaker was credited for backing a bill to create a paint stewardship program for the collection, recycling and disposal of unwanted paint containers, and a measure to protect towns from frivolous lawsuits from the use public parks or recreational areas.

"Through my time in the General Assembly, I have made it a top priority to be a good steward for the environment. I'm proud to once again be recognized by the bipartisan League of Conservation Voters," Hetherington said. "Keeping the needs of Connecticut's residents in mind while trying to reduce our impact on the environment is a difficult task, but I believe we can achieve a balance that promotes a sustainable future."

The scorecard graded lawmakers on 12 bills related to the environment. Among them were laws on environmental permitting processes, water management regulations, clean water projects, open space and farmland preservation.

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