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St. Johns Riverkeeper Fights Georgia-Pacific Pipeline
St. Johns Riverkeeper Fights Georgia-Pacific Pipeline

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A planned Georgia-Pacific pipeline in the St. Johns River is still facing opposition from people concerned about the river's health. 

Neil Armingeon, St. Johns Riverkeeper, said at a meeting Thursday night he will keep fighting against the plans.

"I think it would be one of the worst things that happens to the river," Armingeon said.

At the public forum, Armingeon discussed the proposed four-mile pipeline that would discharge waste into the St. Johns River from the Georgia-Pacific pulp and paper mill in Palatka.

The group also heard from Dr. Bob Hayes, a chemical engineer, who presented his findings from a peer review that he conducted of a GP study used to justify the pipeline.

"It's an important part of a lot of counties and I hope that we can keep it clean," Doreen Howard said of the St. Johns River. Howard, who was active in recent pipeline protests, said she came to the meeting because she doesn't think enough people are worried about the river.

Kelly Ferguson, a spokesperson for Georgia-Pacific, told First Coast News the company was not invited to Thurday's meeting, but probably would not have attended anyway.

Although the riverkeeper believes there are other options, Ferguson said because of an administrative order from the Department of Environmental Protection, Georgia-Pacific is now required to move forward with building the pipeline.

"We're going to continue to fight for what we think is a viable solution," Armingeon said. "We're never going to give up fighting for the health of the St. Johns River."


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