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Group Wants Probe of Whether Florida Banned Climate-Change Talk

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Posted at 4:09 AM, Mar 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-11 06:32:43-04

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — An environmental advocacy group wants a state investigation into whether Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration forbade environmental agency employees from using the terms "climate change" and "global warming."

Florida members of the group Forecast the Facts filed their complaint Tuesday with the Department of Environmental Protection's inspector-general.

Scott denied the allegation on Tuesday in his response to a report by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. The report quoted former employees and contractors saying they were told not to use the terms.

Former Florida Department of Environmental Protection attorney Chris Byrd says he was told by his superiors at a staff meeting not to use those terms.

Byrd says there was no written policy banning the terms but that supervisors made it clear verbally.