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Indiana Officials Withdraw From Potential Purchase Of A Fourth Port Site

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Indiana is withdrawing from purchasing land for a fourth port. This comes three years after an agreement to potentially purchase the land was first signed.

Gov. Eric Holcomb said, in a statement, after evaluating the environmental condition of the land and how long it would take to remediate it, state officials found the purchase is not a viable economic option.

The former American Electric Power plant site sits along the Ohio River close to Cincinnati.

Ports of Indiana President Vanta Coda said in a statement the decision came “after a careful overall analysis” and echoed the governor’s disappointment.

The state currently has three ports with both Mount Vernon and Jeffersonville located along the Ohio River and Burns Harbor located on Lake Michigan.

Combined, they bring in nearly $8 billion a year to the state’s economy.

Holcomb said he will continue to work with officials to find a location for a fourth port in southeast Indiana.

Contact reporter Samantha at shorton@wfyi.org or follow her on Twitter at @SamHorton5.

Last month, we welcomed Samantha Horton to our station. She is Indiana Public Broadcasting reporter, mainly reporting on business and economic issues in the States of Indiana for WBAA. After graduated from Evansville University with a triple majors degree (International studies, Political science and Communication), Samantha worked for a Public Radio at Evansville for three years, and then she joined WBAA because she wanted to take a bigger role on reporting. So far she enjoyed working in WBAA as business and economy reporter.
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