FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December CONTACT Russell Schweiss FLORIDA DEP

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					FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2004
CONTACT: Russell Schweiss, (850) 245-2112

           FLORIDA DEP RELEASES 5-YEAR ENFORCEMENT RECORD
  -Agency remains focused on strong enforcement, compliance and environmental solutions—

TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today released
statistics on the agency’s civil and criminal enforcement of environmental laws. Regulatory
enforcement jumped 35 percent over the last five years compared to the previous five-year
period and assessed penalties increased by $11.1 million during the same timeframe.

“Compliance is the first step to providing long-term protection for Florida’s natural resources,”
said DEP Secretary Colleen M. Castille. “Firm and consistent enforcement of state and federal
environmental laws ensures more protection for public health, a stronger economy and a better,
cleaner environment for residents and businesses.”

Highlights of DEP’s 5-Year Statistics

Between Fiscal Years 1999/2000 and 2003/2004, DEP issued 4,975 consent orders -- 1,301 more
than during the previous five years. Judicial settlements also increased by 21 percent over the last
five years. During the same period, assessed penalties statewide increased by 53 percent
compared to the previous five years, from $20.9 million to $32 million.

This year alone, DEP issued more than 1,100 consent orders and assessed $9 million in
enforcement penalties, an all-time high for the last decade.

CONSENT ORDERS


                                 Statewide Consent Orders

                     1400
                     1200
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                      400
                      200
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                        FY 6

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                                              # of Consent Orders
Statewide Consent Orders by District*

                          YEAR          Northwest Northeast Central Southeast            South    Southwest      Other      TOTAL
                          FY9495           119      143      130        97                182        211            1         883
                          FY9596            49       76       82        64                103        150            8         532
                          FY9697            65      105      118        78                102        150            4         622
                          FY9798           100      114      132       102                124        187            0         759
                          FY9899           115      135      153        93                129        199           54         878
                           Total           448      573      615       434                640        897          67         3,674
                          FY9900           125      214      153       123                164        189           10         978
                          FY0001           142      163      162       135                187        198            7         994
                          FY0102           120      150      143       118                149        166           21         867
                          FY0203           120      115      184       161                160        164           59         963
                          FY0304           109      131      213       139                203        245          133        1,173
                           Total           616      773      855       676                863        962          230        4,975



FINAL JUDGMENTS


                       Statewide Final Judgements                                  Environmental Litigation Reform Act (ELRA)

  50                                                                               In 2001, Florida enacted the Environmental Litigation Reform Act
  40                                                                               (ELRA) to improve the process for resolving less severe environmental
                                                                                   violations. ELRA expanded DEP’s enforcement authority and provided
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                                                                                   a clear and predictable administrative penalty schedule allowing the
  20                                                                               agency to assess penalties of $10,000 or less. The new authority
  10                                                                               prevents less serious environmental problems from turning into lengthy
   0                                                                               and expensive court battles and enables DEP to focus its legal resources
                                                                                   on more complex and substantial enforcement issues.
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                                       # of Final Judgements
Statewide Final Judgments by District*

                  YEAR       Northwest    Northeast   Central   Southeast    South    Southwest      No       TOTAL
                                                                                                   district
                  FY9495         2             9         6          0           9         11          0           37
                  FY9596         4             8         3          3           2          7          1           28
                  FY9697         5             5         3          2           2          5          0           22
                  FY9798         2             0         1          4           4          6          1           18
                  FY9899         4             4         2          3           6          7          6           32
                  TOTAL          17           26         15         12         23         36          8          137
                  FY9900         5             2         2          6           2          9          4           30
                  FY0001         5             8         2          9           9          8          2           43
                  FY0102         4            10         5          8          3           6          1           37
                  FY0203         5             3         3          3           5          8          0           27
                  FY0304         5             6         5          5           2          7          0           30
                  TOTAL          24           29         17         31         21         38          7          167




ENFORCEMENT PENALTIES

                                                    Statewide Enforcement Penalties

                           $10,000,000
                            $9,000,000
                            $8,000,000
                            $7,000,000
                            $6,000,000
                            $5,000,000
                            $4,000,000
                            $3,000,000
                            $2,000,000
                            $1,000,000
                                    $-
                                         FY9495 FY9596 FY9697 FY9798 FY9899 FY9900 FY0001 FY0102 FY0203 FY0304
  Assessed Enforcement Penalties by District*
YEAR       Northwest        Northeast         Central         Southeast          South           Southwest       No district     Multi-          TOTAL
                                                                                                                                 district

FY9495   $605,121.00      $837,577.00      $1,005,818.07    $632,796.63      $725,149.00       $3,289,774.64    $0.00          $150,400.00   $7,246,636.34
FY9596   $152,488.46      $213,791.86      $273,220.00      $326,484.50      $226,479.50       $1,140,953.53    $2,974.00      $0.00         $2,336,391.85
FY9697   $182,225.50      $371,370.66      $411,938.70      $286,658.00      $248,842.00       $1,217,259.22    $500.00        $37,800.00    $2,756,594.08
FY9798   $499,683.50      $388,100.47      $262,104.48      $922,848.00      $540,579.60       $828,566.05      $30,058.48     $0.00         $3,471,940.58
FY9899   $461,921.45      $444,907.75      $858,371.70      $461,336.00      $441,248.00       $1,426,246.76    $178,083.93    $806,494.00   $5,078,609.59
TOTAL    $1,901,439.91    $2,255,747.74    $2,811,452.95    $2,630,123.13    $2,182,298.10     $7,902,800.20    $211,616.41    $994,694.00   $20,890,172.44

FY9900   $683,275.00      $817,367.72      $480,769.09      $590,079.54      $565,247.64       $1,997,673.81    $85,657.63     $2,000.00     $5,222,070.43
FY0001   $1,633,973.92    $601,605.25      $604,515.03      $659,167.63      $866,612.51       $2,925,780.15    $26,415.57     $0.00         $7,318,070.06
FY0102   $1,187,564.00    $504,850.63      $598,530.33      $845,953.55      $471,749.15       $2,115,221.50    $42,345.00     $0.00         $5,766,214.16
FY0203   $663,987.63      $657,546.26      $561,324.00      $759,459.00      $492,419.60       $1,058,507.43    $131,200.00    $0.00         $4,324,443.92
FY0304   $1,046,265.84    $4,149,556.00    $958,973.50      $785,815.80      $620,656.32       $1,488,717.83    $316,598.50    $6,000.00     $9,371,583.79
TOTAL     $5,215,066.39    $6,730,925.86    $3,204,111.95    $3,640,475.52    $3,016,685.22     $9,585,900.72    $602,216.70    $8,000.00     $32,002,382.36




 CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT

 From 1999-2003, DEP’s Division of Law Enforcement investigated 3,365 criminal environmental cases -- an increase of nearly 414 percent over the
 previous five years. In 2000, DEP launched the Environmental Crimes Strike Force to combat major crimes against the environment and public
 health. Its first operation, Operation Green Lightning, resulted in 156 arrests – the largest environmental law enforcement sweep in U.S. history.

                                                                       Investigations**
                                                              1994        15     1999          564
                                                              1995        96     2000         1160
                                                              1996       225     2001          779
                                                              1997       241     2002          403
                                                              1998       235     2003          459
                                                              Total      812    Total         3365
                                                              Investigations

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*Data for FY 99/00 – 03/04 as of December 6, 2004.
** Law enforcement numbers are based on the calendar year.