St. Johns Island Sale Challenge Vowed

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Title

St. Johns Island Sale Challenge Vowed

Alternative Title

St. Johns Island Sale Challenge

Subject

Jacksonville (Fla.)
Nuclear energy--United States

Description

A newspaper article discussing a proposal by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Tenneco to purchase Blount Island, located on the St. Johns River, for use as a site for construction offshore nuclear power plants. The article quotes Helen P. Bird, Jacksonville-area vice president of the Florida Wildlife Federation, as vowing to challenge a potential sale of Blount Island, on the grounds that Duval County can only lease the site, not sell it. Bird also urges that any action wait until the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) approve Westinghouse-Tenneco's project.

Blount Island, a 1600-acre island located in the St. Johns River near Jacksonville, Florida, was created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (CoE) in the 1960s. Formerly known as Goat Island, excavated refuse from dredging operations by the CoE was used to create Blount Island. Ownership of the island was transferred to the Jacksonville Port Authority, which maintains the Blount Island Marine Terminal on the western half of the island. In 1972, 550 acres of estuary on the island were sought as a site for constructing offshore nuclear power plants as part of a joint venture by Westinghouse Electric and Tenneco. Permits to fill the estuary and allow construction were granted in 1973 by the state and federal governments. Tenneco pulled out of the construction project by 1975, and Offshore Power Systems, a subsidiary of Westinghouse, acquired the filled land that same year. Westinghouse acquired the license to construct nuclear power plants on the site by 1981, but put the land up for purchase in 1982.

Source

Photocopy of original newspaper article: "St Johns Island Sale Challenge Vowed." The Orlando Sentinel, May 12, 1972: binder 1972, Friends of Lake Apopka Archives, Ginn Museum, Oakland Nature Preserve, Oakland, Florida.

Date Created

ca. 1972-05-12

Date Copyrighted

1972-05-12

Date Issued

1972-05-12

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of photocopied newspaper article: "St Johns Island Sale Challenge Vowed." The Orlando Sentinel, May 12, 1972.

Is Part Of

Binder 1972, Friends of Lake Apopka Archives, Ginn Museum, Oakland Nature Preserve, Oakland, Florida.
Friends of Lake Apopka Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

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124 KB

Medium

1 newspaper article

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Blount Island, Jacksonville, Florida

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History Teacher

Provenance

Originally published by The Orlando Sentinel.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by The Orlando Sentinel and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Curator

King, Joshua

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External Reference

"Judge Suspends Dredge, Fill Permit." The Gadsden Times, September 5, 1973. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=m7gfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=utcEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3722%2C826558.
"Firm To Buy 880 Acres On Blount Island." The St. Petersburg Independent, June 27, 1975. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=JmhQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=RVgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1865%2C2697334.
"State Clears Westinghouse Plant." The St. Petersburg Times, May 24, 1972. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=LsVaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6GADAAAAIBAJ&pg=2266%2C3354308.
"Nuclear Operation In Jacksonville Closing." The Gainesville Sun, February 18, 1984. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=2ZNPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=zwYEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4514%2C812902.
"Blount Island Marine Terminal." The Jacksonville Port Authority. Accessed June 6, 2016. http://www.jaxport.com/cargo/facilities/blount-island-marine-terminal.

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