St. Petersburg Neighborhood Raise Concerns about Ground Water Contamination

After a News Channel 8 and Tampa Tribune report revealed groundwater contamination in the Azalea neighborhood of St. Petersburg. Over 100 neighborhood residents gathered to discuss their concerns about the contamination linked to the large defense plant Raytheon. The residents wanted to know whether the groundwater contamination would affect their health or their property values.
The news investigation found a groundwater plume containing vinyl chloride, TCE and dioxane. According to the St. Petersburg Times, neither Raytheon or the Florida Department of Environmental Protection notified Azalea homeowners about the potential problem. Raytheon has been under a consent order since 1995 to investigation the extent of the problem.