Raytheon Groundwater Contamination

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raytheon toxic spill

raytheon toxic spill

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Toxic Spill in St. Petersburg, Florida


Neighborhood officials in St. Petersburg, Florida were informed by the Department of Environmental Protection in April, 2008, that groundwater had been contaminated in the Azalea region of St. Petersburg with the toxic industrial solvent 1,4 dioxane and vinyl chloride. The Department informed affected residents that the source of the pollutants was the Raytheon industrial facility located in St. Petersburg.

As a result of the groundwater contamination, a class action lawsuit has been filed by Tampa attorney Joe Saunders. Saunders wants Raytheon to bear costs for the medical evaluation of the residents of the Azalea area. Some residents claim they have suffered serious economic losses through the diminution of their property values as a result of the toxic contamination. The class action suit filed by Saunders may eventually contain up to 900 homeowners from the Azalea neighborhood of St. Petersburg.

According to published reports, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has been aware of the groundwater contamination for several years, and has failed to inform the public at large that the spillage constitutes a public health hazard.

The Raytheon Company is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, and is one of the largest electronics and defense systems manufacturers in the country. The company was established in 1922, and is currently the fifth largest defense contractor in the world. Most of the company’s revenues stem from its numerous defense contracts with the U.S. government.

This is not the first time that the Raytheon Company has been accused of corporate malfeasance. Raytheon has been forced to pay several million dollars in fines for improperly inflating the value of U.S government contracts for the company's 'Patriot' missiles. Raytheon is the single largest supplier of missile systems to the U.S. government. This is the first time Raytheon has been asked to account for the toxic plume at the St. Petersburg facility.
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