CFO Sink Commends Chancellor Brogan for Establishment of Oil Spill Academic Task Force
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2010
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CFO SINK COMMENDS CHANCELLOR BROGAN FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF OIL SPILL ACADEMIC TASK FORCE
TALLAHASSEE – Florida CFO Alex Sink today commended Chancellor of the State University System of Florida Frank T. Brogan for establishing the Oil Spill Academic Task Force to provide assistance to local, state and federal agencies in dealing with the Gulf of Mexico spill and its aftermath. This comes a day after CFO Sink called for a top environmental experts to help Florida respond to the consequences of the oil spill.
“This group will provide vital information to our local, state and federal governments during recovery efforts,” said CFO Sink. “No one better understands how to protect Florida’s resources than our scientific and environmental community. I commend Chancellor Brogan, the Department of Environmental Protection and the members of the Oil Spill Academic Task Force for stepping up to the plate at a time when our economy and environment need them most.”
Yesterday, CFO Sink sent a letter to Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Michael Sole, asking the DEP to create an Oil Spill Environmental Task Force comprised of statewide and local scientific experts to help Florida better analyze and prepare for the environmental consequences of the oil spill. She also encouraged the inclusion of representatives from organizations such as the Nature Conservatory, Audobon of Florida, Everglades Foundation, Ocean Conservancy, and the Florida Wildlife Federation. CFO Sink later met with Secretary Sole after returning from a U.S. Coast Guard aerial tour of the oil spill.
The Oil Spill Academic Task Force (OSATF) will bring together resources of Florida's academic institutions to assist the State of Florida and the Gulf region in preparing for and responding to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The partner institutions will coordinate with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and other state and federal agencies. For more information visit http://oilspill.fsu.edu
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As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services. A successful businesswoman with nearly three decades of experience in the private sector, Sink is serving her first term as Florida's CFO. As CFO, Sink's priorities include using her business experience to cut wasteful government spending, cracking down on financial and insurance fraud and reforming the state government's contracting practices. CFO Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.