2008 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2008 01:43:15 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Vapor intrusion near Raytheon, Pinellas County, Florida?
More Wells Near Raytheon Plant Tainted, State Says

News Channel 8 (Tampa, FL)
August 8, 2008

ST. PETERSBURG - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is reporting six more homes near the Raytheon Defense plant have polluted wells.

That brings the total to 19 homes with wells showing levels of industrial chemicals that exceed state standards. Dozens more wells drilled in the area since April to test for the spread of the chemicals have shown traces of them.

The new test results, from samples taken in July, show a widening circle of groundwater pollution that now extends as far south as 5th avenue,10 blocks from the Raytheon plant, and as far west as 76th Avenue, about four blocks from the plant.

Azalea Elementary school is on the edge of the known contamination plume. The school doesn't use irrigation wells on its property but a different problem may be at its doors: Because of the volatile nature of the chemicals, experts say, indoor air pollution is a possibility.

Raytheon offered to run a round of indoor air tests while students and teachers are still on vacation. Pinellas school officials agreed but decided to double-check by running their own tests.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
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