Air is an essential natural resource and one we cannot afford to take for
granted. Clean air is important to our health, our environment, and our economy.
Poor air quality can adversely affect business, property, recreation, and
tourism, which are the backbone of Florida's progress.
Because it is usually colorless and odorless, we fail to realize that many
everyday activities can pollute this vital resource.
Today, we face new challenges in protecting and maintaining good air quality.
In addition to the traditional industrial and automotive air pollutants, we now
also worry about acid rain, toxic air pollutants, greenhouse gases, global
warming, regional haze and the depletion of the earth's upper-level ozone layer
which protects us from the sun's harmful ultraviolet radiation.
Traditionally environmental agencies have applied various strategies to
protect air quality. Some of those strategies have involved compliance
assurance, compliance assistance, and rule development. More recently, in
recognition of the fact that protecting our environment is a personal, corporate
and governmental responsibility, environmental protection strategies have been
expanded to include and emphasize pollution prevention and public awareness.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's
Division of Air Resource Management
has implemented numerous initiatives including both traditional and
non-traditional strategies and has dedicated significant resources to compliance
assistance, environmental education and outreach to further the concept of