Tampa Bay Online recently published a commentary by Deborah A. Getzoff, the director of the southwest district office of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. She wrote the publication to address concerns raised by some St. Petersburg residents about groundwater pollution near the Azalea neighborhood.
Groundwater contamination was first discovered near the neighborhood between 2004 and 2005. Getzoff acknowledged that the Raytheon Company is currently working on an assessment to determine how far and deep contaminated groundwater has traveled. Once the full plume is identified, Raytheon will address clean up. Meanwhile, the FDEP is also conducting private well water surveys. Getzhoff indicated that the agency remains committed to carrying out its regulatory authority with regard to Raytheon and the contamination.
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