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Jax Daily Record Friday, Apr. 12, 201909:03 AM EST

Part of St. Johns River Power Park imploded

Four selective catalytic reactors toppled as work continues to demolish the plant.
by: Scott Sailer Staff Writer

Six weeks to prepare and over in six seconds.

At 8 a.m. Friday, workers imploded four selective catalytic reactors at the St. Johns River Power Park in North Jacksonville. The reactors were added to the 1980s-era plant in the mid-to-late 2000s to reduce pollution.

General contractor New York-based Total Wrecking & Environmental LLC has been working since last year to decommission the power plant at 11201 New Berlin Road.

Specialty subcontractor Maryland-based Controlled Demolition designed and implemented the implosion using 46 pounds of dynamite.

Controlled Demolition also is the contractor that imploded the two cooling towers at the plant in June and the old City Hall Annex in January.

The demolition of the power park is continuing in stages.

Frank Bodami, owner of Total Wrecking, said the plan is to implode the boilers and the 640-foot tall smokestack in June.

St. Johns River Power Park started producing electricity in March 1987. The plant, co-owned by JEA and Florida Power & Light Co., was shut down Jan. 5, 2018.

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