Indiana signs purchase deal on possible Ohio River port site

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State officials say they've reached a purchase agreement for a former electric plant site in southeastern Indiana as a possible new Ohio River shipping port.

The Indiana governor's office said the Ports of Indiana Commission will complete a review by the end of 2018 before finalizing its purchase of the 725-acre site near Lawrenceburg. The commission would pay $8 million to a redevelopment company for the site.

That company bought the land about 30 miles west of Cincinnati after Indiana Michigan Power Co. closed its Tanners Creek coal-fired generating plant in 2015.

The Indiana agency now operates Ohio River ports in Jeffersonville and Mount Vernon, and a Lake Michigan port at Burns Harbor.

Gov. Eric Holcomb supports establishing a fourth port, but a timeline and funding source remain undecided.

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