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Governor Michael S. Dukakis recently announced a 10-year "Massachusetts Releaf" program, to be funded by private money through an innovative "environmental linkage" program. Intended to improve air quality and counter global warming, the program is expected to result in the planting of 15,000 shade trees in urban areas and of 150,000 trees on state-owned land. The environmental linkage approach to raising the required $1.5 million will employ existing state regulatory tools. The state environmental review process will stress tree-planting as a way for developers to lessen the impact of their projects. Another source will be additional fines levied on companies found guilty of air pollution violations. The program is one component of the state's Global Climate Action Plan announced in March; other components include reducing the volatility of gasoline vapor pressure (which influences tropospheric ozone formation), a comprehensive energy efficiency program, and tougher enforcement against manufacturing companies that emit chlorofluorocarbons. For information contact the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA), 100 Cambridge St., Boston MA 02202 (617-727-9800).

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