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Congressman Donald Payne, an Environmental Hero, Passes

Date : Tue, 6 Mar 2012 11:33:23 -0500

/For Immediate Release/
March 6, 2012 Contact Jeff Tittel, 609-558-9100

*Congressman Donald Payne, an Environmental Hero, Passes*

** Today Congressman Donald Payne passed away.Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club issued the following statement celebrating the life of Congressman Payne:

"We are very saddened to hear about the loss of Congressman Donald Payne today.Congressman Payne has been a real environmental hero.He is a Congressman who has not only established himself as having one of the best environmental records in Congress but has been a leader in protecting our environment."

"He has been a leader on issues like climate change and women's health, here at home and internationally, and environmental issues impacting New Jersey like cleaning up the Passaic River and toxic sites and opposing drilling off our coast.Nationally he has been a leader on green energy, transportation, and preserving lands in Alaska.He has been a leader in the fight for environmental justice and had a firsthand understanding that some communities are overburdened with pollution and has worked to clean up and protect those communities.Congressman Payne has always led by example.He was someone you never had to lobby because he was always on the environmental side of an issue before you had a chance to talk to him.When you did talk with him, not only did he have a strong commitment to the issue, he would actually help you and give you ideas to lobby other members to support the issue.When you went down to Washington D.C. to see Congressman Payne you met with him, not just his staff.Nationally he has had one of the strongest environmental records of any Congressman for the longest time.With almost 24 years in Congress, he has always scored high on the Environmental Scorecard and he has also been a real leader and champion for the environment. Congressman Payne had already received an early endorsement from the Sierra Club for the upcoming election because of his strong record and he is someone that will be hard to replace."

"When you see toxic sites cleaned up or renewable energy being built, when you see open space preserved, Congressman Payne helped to make it happen.That is his legacy, a better environment for the people of his district, New Jersey, and the United States."

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