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Northeast Florida, February 18, 2008

The Legislative Delegations in North East Florida met recently. Representative Aaron Bean serves as Chairman of three of the Legislative Delegations:  Baker, Nassau and Duval County. 

Legislative Delegations are composed of members of the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate whose districts are in the county.  The Members of the Legislative Delegation in North East Florida meets several times each year to discuss the important issues that affect residents and businesses in that area.

The Duval Legislative Delegation heard from over 70 speakers representing a cross section of the community from the Mayor’s Office to leaders in the
business community. 

“One of the most important speakers was David Podmeyer, the Manager of the DuPont plant in North East Florida. I was pleased to hear that for over 50 years the DuPont plant in North East Florida has been providing more than $50 million in economic impact to the area and  employing over 225 Florida residents,”  Rep. Bean said.

“The DVD showing how DuPont in North East Florida protects the environment while it helps our economy was very interesting and educational,” Representative Bean said.

The DuPont Plant in North East Florida produces mineral products to improve the quality of life for millions of people, while protecting and enhancing the environment. One of the minerals, llmenite, is the main ingredient to create titanium dioxide. Each person in America uses 10 lbs of titanium dioxide each year for clothing, paper, paint, sun block and other important products.  The whiteness in this and every piece of paper comes from titanium dioxide. Other minerals produced at the plant are used in the manufacturing of high-performance metals for military and aerospace applications and for construction and infrastructure improvement projects. DuPont is the only American-owned domestic source of these minerals.

Throughout time people have utilized the land and extracted its natural resources to improve and enrich human life.  All the products that we enjoy come from one of two places: they are either grown or mined. Farmers extract nutrients from the land to grow food and then restore the land for future use.

DuPont has developed the safest and most environmentally responsible way to extract specialty minerals which are used to manufacture beneficial products. One percent of the soil is mined for commercial use, while the rest is replaced. Each acre of land mined is reclaimed with native species of plants and wetlands are fully restored.  

“I sincerely hope everyone in North East Florida both in government and the private sector do everything they can to keep DuPont in North East Florida for as long as possible!” Representative Bean concluded.