Proposal On Pipeline Aims To Protect River

Georgia-Pacific Wants Pipeline Directly Into St. Johns River

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A member of the Jacksonville City Council has proposed a resolution aimed at protecting the St. Johns River from possible pollution by a Georgia-Pacific pipeline.

The company wants to build a pipeline that would take waste from a plant in Palatka directly into the river.

Currently, there is a pipeline that goes into Rice Creek, which feeds into the river.

The resolution urges the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to perform more tests before granting the permit.

"This resolution is not an issue that says, 'Duval County is against Putnam County. Jacksonville does not support Georgia-Pacific,'" St. Johns Riverkeeper Neil Armingeon said at a news conference Monday. "This resolution says, 'We support jobs. We also support industry making sure they're not damaging the environment."

Georgia-Pacific says the resolution's call for more testing doesn't take into account the years of work and the $200 million the company has spent to meet state water quality standards.

The company says it believes it continues to do the right things to meet regulatory requirements and protect the health of the river.

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