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League of Conservation Voters Presents Sen. Susan Collins With Environmental Leadership Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Chuck Porcari, (202) 785-8683 May 5, 2006  

Washington DC – The League of Conservation Voters today presented U.S. Senator Susan Collins of Maine its 2006 Environmental Leadership Award, citing her strong leadership on key conservation and natural resource issues.

"Senator Collins works day-in-and-day-out on the key environmental issues that affect us all," said LCV president Gene Karpinski. "She recognizes that global warming is one of the most important issues facing our planet today and with that, knows America must have a serious and future-oriented energy policy. LCV is pleased to recognize her work on behalf of her constituents and all Americans."

Presented at LCV 's 2006 Annual Dinner in Washington, D.C., Senator Collins was introduced by Brownie Carson, Executive Director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, and a member of the LCV board of directors.

"Senator Collins' leadership on conservation issues reflects the values of the people of the state in which she was born and raised,"

Carson said. "Her commitment to the fundamental fabric of American environmental law – The Clean Water Act, The Clean Air Act, The Endangered Species Act, The Wilderness Act and others – is strong and unwavering."

The LCV Environmental Leadership Award was last presented in 2004, to Maine's other U.S. Senator, Olympia Snowe.

"That says a lot about Maine and its environmental ethic," Karpinski said. 

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