5 Reasons for Jacksonville's Smell

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Central Florida papers once described Jacksonville as an industrial city that sweats, and pretty much smells that way. This is a city that could use a shot of municipal-strength deodorant. On the other hand, local advocates countered that the city's rotten egg stench was the "smell of money". Here's a look back at the five places that once gave the city an image it's still trying to rid itself of.

1. Buckman Wastewater Treatment Plant

Not all of the industrial facilities responsible for Jacksonville's bad odor were privately owned. In 1961, the City of Jacksonville's Electric Department implemented primary treatment at Buckman Wastewater Treatment Plant. 16 blocks of the Talleyrand Heights subdivision was removed to make room for the 48-acre industrial site.

Today, Jacksonville's largest sewage treatment plant hides behind a hedge of climbing plants just northwest of Southeast Toyota's operation. Buckman remains JEA's largest regional sewer plant, treating an average 26 million gallons of sewage each day. In 2003, the Environmental Protection Agency granted the plant its award for excellence for reducing its pollution violations from routine to rare. It has recently been upgraded to provide advanced nutrient removal advanced nutrient removal.

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