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DEP Hosts Rulemaking Workshops to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 

--Workshops a part of requirements outlined in Governor’s Executive Orders--

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:August 23, 2007

CONTACT:Sarah Williams, (850) 245-2112 or (850) 519-2897

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/secretary/news/2007/08/0823_01.htm

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) this week hosted the first in a series of workshops to develop rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, moving forward with implementation of Governor Charlie Crist’s Executive Orders regarding climate change.

“Through these workshops, Florida is developing a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electric utilities and transportation sectors,” said DEP Secretary Michael W. Sole. “The actions we are taking now will make Florida a leader in the global effort to prevent the damaging effects of climate change, as well as increase our energy security, develop new technology markets, and reduce pollution.”

On Wednesday, DEP held the first rulemaking workshop involving greenhouse gas emissions reductions from electric utilities. The agency outlined emission targets set out in the Governor’s Executive Order and invited public comment. Today, DEP held similar workshops for the remaining rulemaking projects identified in the Governor’s Executive Order: Florida adopting the California motor vehicle emissions standards, and the development of a diesel idle reduction standard.

All meeting notices, information and DEP presentations from the workshops is available at www.dep.state.fl.us/climatechange. Additional workshops will be scheduled over the next several months to develop specific rule language and collect public input.

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND

On July 13, 2007, Governor Crist signed a groundbreaking set of Executive Orders during the Serve to Preserve Florida Summit on Global Climate Change that put into place a new direction for Florida’s energy future. The three Executive Orders represent the Governor’s commitment to addressing climate change, a promise to reduce Florida’s greenhouse gases, increase energy efficiency and pursue more renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind technologies, and alternative energy, such as ethanol and hydrogen.

Following the Governor’s Serve to Preserve Summit on Global Climate Change, DEP is serving as the lead agency for climate change activities. The Department is working to provide sound science-based information to raise awareness among citizens and stakeholders and inform state level policy making. DEP’s Web site will provide detailed information on the Governor’s Executive Orders and how the Department is implementing the actions outlined in the Orders.

Last week, Governor Crist appointed DEP Secretary Sole to serve as the chairman of the Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change. The Team will develop a comprehensive strategy to achieve targets for statewide greenhouse gas reductions, including policy recommendations and changes to existing law. Completed in two phases, the Team’s action plan will make recommendations regarding Florida’s energy policy, including legislative initiatives to enhance energy and conservation by incorporating greenhouse gas emissions strategies.

For more information, visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/climatechange