Thursday, January 23, 2014
By Mark Pazniokas and Jan Ellen Spiegelwww.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.
“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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