State Reps. Joan Welsh, D-Rockport and Chuck Kruger, D-Thomaston have received perfect ratings for 2013 from Maine Conservation Voters, a statewide environmental advocacy group.

The seven votes measured by MCV include bills to open the St. Croix River to alewives, improve the process for wind power development, label genetically modified foods, study the impact of climate change in Maine, expand the Kids Safe Product Act, strengthen water quality protections for open-pit mining and establish a program for paint recycling.

“All of these bills are important for protecting Maine’s environment and improving Maine’s business climate,” said Welsh, who serves as House chairman of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee. “Maine’s environment is so important to our state brand and our quality of life, and tens of thousands of jobs depend on our responsible stewardship of Maine’s natural resources.”

“Organizations like the Maine Conservation Voters do great work by advocating for preservation of the environment and encouraging lawmakers to act,” said Kruger. “I am especially proud of my voting record to always protect Maine’s natural resources. We who have had the opportunity to enjoy our state’s natural resources have the responsibility of ensuring generations down the road can enjoy them as well.”


Welsh and Kruger are both serving their third term in the Legislature. Welsh represents Camden and Rockport and Kruger represents part of Owls Head, St. George, South Thomaston and Matinicus Isle Plantation, plus the unorganized territory of Criehaven.