2004 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 14 Nov 2004 07:46:40 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] beryllium dust
County to explore beryllium dust threat

Bradenton Herald (FL)
November 13, 2004

People throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties may have been exposed to toxic beryllium dust over the past four decades, and the Manatee County Health Department is acknowledging that the threat needs to be assessed.

Less than a week after the threat was reported in the Herald, health officials have begun discussing how to assess the risk that employees of the now-defunct Loral American Beryllium Co. in Tallevast tracked the toxic dust home and into area businesses.

"We have spent considerable time on current exposure threats in the soil and water," said Dr. Gladys Branic, county health department director. "Now we are looking at past exposures, including beryllium dust. We know that past exposure is an important issue as well."

The department originally planned to give the community an update Monday evening along with Lockheed Martin Corp., which purchased the plant site and is responsible for the cleanup. Lockheed is still scheduled to review progress on its soil and water testing and a cleanup plan, but the health department is delaying its presentation until Dec. 8.

For the entire article, see

Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918

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