Last updated: July 10, 2012

This page provides background information about Raytheon’s presence in St. Petersburg as well as key historical site issues as they apply to the environmental conditions at the Raytheon site at 1501 72nd Street North in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Raytheon in St. Petersburg

Raytheon in St. PetersburgRaytheon Network Centric Systems has several facilities in Florida, with a large presence in the St. Petersburg and Largo areas, and a small presence in Orlando.

Raytheon has been a proud member of the St. Petersburg community since April 1995 when the company acquired E-Systems. With this purchase, we acquired two facilities – one at 1501 72nd Street North (504,000 sq. ft.) and one at 7401 22nd Ave. North (80,000 sq. ft.). Our employees at these facilities take great pride in the defense products and systems they are providing for our nation.

In 1999, Raytheon expanded its Florida presence when it consolidated manufacturing from its larger site in St. Petersburg and from around the country to a newly-renovated space in the STAR Center at 7888 Bryan Dairy Road. This would become a manufacturing center for assembly, integration and testing.

Community Involvement

Raytheon and its employees maintain a large and visible presence in the community. Leaders and employees alike serve on numerous boards and generously give of their time to mentor students, excite youth about math and science, clean-up coastal wetlands, and serve the community in many other ways that add up to thousands of volunteer hours a year.

St. Petersburg Environmental Timeline

A brief history of the site ownership:
1955 - Futronics Toy Company
1958 - Air Associates
1976 - E-Systems
1995 - Raytheon

A common feature of current and prior site operations includes the manufacturing of electronic equipment.

A summary of some of the pertinent regulatory history of the site is as follows:

Regulatory history
1991 - Contaminants encountered during construction of the Pinellas Trail (abutting E-Systems site).
1992 - Contaminated soil removed and preliminary contamination assessment begins.
1994 - Underground tank formerly used for wastewater equalization discovered and removed from site along with surrounding soil.
1995 - FDEP Consent Order issued to E-Systems.
1995-1997 - Raytheon conducts subsurface investigation to develop the Contamination Assessment Report (CAR).
1998 - Raytheon submits and FDEP approves the Contamination Assessment Report (CAR).
1999 - Raytheon submits Feasibility Study to FDEP and initiates bioremediation pilot study.
1999-2001 - FDEP Review/Comments on remedial design provided to Raytheon.
2002 - Raytheon submits to FDEP a Conceptual Remedial Action Plan (RAP).
2002-2005 - FDEP Review/Comments provided to Raytheon.
2005 - FDEP directs Raytheon to expand site assessment to address plume movement and 1,4-Dioxane.
2005 - Raytheon initiates a Human Health Risk Assessment for multi-family residences to the East of the facility performed by independent experts that concludes, based on the then-available data, any potential risk to human health would be “negligible” according to the guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
2005 - Raytheon meets with FDEP to discuss overview of investigation status and remediation path forward.
2006 - Raytheon conducts extended site assessment.
2008 - Raytheon to submit extended Site Assessment Report (SAR) to FDEP.
End of May, thereafter - FDEP to Review/Comment on SAR.
90 Days after FDEP approves the Raytheon SAR - Raytheon to submit a Remedial Action Plan (RAP).
Following FDEP approval of RAP - Raytheon to start implementation of the RAP.