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Thursday, January 23, 2014

DEEP’s New Boss Has a Ph.D. in Trash

By Mark Pazniokas and Jan Ellen Spiegel

www.ctmirror.org

On their honeymoon a decade ago, Robert Klee took his wife to Antarctica aboard a Russian icebreaker. Other tourists venture to the coldest spot on the planet to see penguins, but Klee was interested in how the international science community there managed its trash.

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Robert Klee accepts the applause of his mentor and boss, Daniel C. Esty. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

“My wife is a very good sport,” Klee said.

Klee, 39, who was named today by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as Connecticut’s next commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, is the mild-mannered protégé of the hard-charging mentor he will succeed, Daniel C. Esty.

He is set to take over one of state government’s highest-profile agencies after three years of constant change, bringing to the commissioner’s office a varied background in environment law, science and public policy science.

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