In 2005 a new law went into effect that requires landfill operators to guarantee they can pay for the clean-up and required environmental monitoring of their landfill if it closes. Without such financial assurance, the landfill will not be permitted.
Gov. Riley signed an executive order that will cut state government's energy usage. The order requires all state agencies and departments to reduce energy consumption in state-owned and operated buildings 20 percent by Oct. 1, 2010 relative to Fiscal Year 2005 levels.
Gov. Riley joins several other governors in endorsing a new national renewable energy goal: 25% of the nation's energy supply will come from renewable sources of energy by the year 20205.
Gov. Riley and Commissioner Ron Sparks of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries jointly formed a committee charged with developing a comprehensive alternative energy policy for the state. The Alabama Alternative Energy Committee is made up of energy experts and leaders from the state's universities, forestry and agriculture sectors, manufacturers, energy providers, and state and local government officials.
The state constructed a 12,000 gallon E-85 tank and two fueling pumps at the State Motor Pool. The refueling station serves all state agencies as well as the Motor Pool fleet.
Gov. Riley announced that service stations in four cities on I-65 - Athens, Vestavia Hills, Cullman and Mobile - will have pumps installed to make cleaner burning alternative fuels E-85 and B-20 biodiesel commercially available to the public. Plans are underway to make sure other stations along I-65 and Corridor X will also be able to offer these alternative fuels.