BRANFORD — Democratic gubernatorial contender Dan Malloy unveiled an environmental protection plan today that emphasizes investments in clean water, public transportation and brownfield remediation and redevelopment.

Malloy, who announced the plan in conjunction with his running mate, state Comptroller Nancy Wyman, also said that while he supports wind turbine-based technology, he opposes locating windmills in Long Island Sound.

“Clean air, safe water and healthy land, these aren’t jus descriptors of a great place to live,” said Malloy, who unveiled his plan outside of the natural gas-fired, tri-generation plant developed two years ago at Branford High School to provide low cost electricity and heating and cooling systems for school.”As governor I will bring a new sensibility to preserving the environment, something I spent 14 years doing as mayor of Stamford.”

Malloy added that Connecticut needs to make greater use of wind energy, but windmills make more sense along the shoreline rather than out in the sound, where the apparatus would threaten shellfish and other aquatic life while interfering with barge and other nautical traffic. “It would be a hazard and an impediment to an enormous piece of our economy,” he said.

Keith has spent most of his 31 years as a reporter specializing in state government finances, analyzing such topics as income tax equity, waste in government and the complex funding systems behind Connecticut’s transportation and social services networks. He has been the state finances reporter at CT Mirror since it launched in 2010. Prior to joining CT Mirror Keith was State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, a reporter for the Day of New London, and a former contributing writer to The New York Times. Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut.

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