Last updated: August 17, 2012

On this page is the most current information and announcements about groundwater quality in the vicinity of the Raytheon St. Petersburg facility. This information is based on the latest available facts from Raytheon.


 

August 2012

Remediation Update

Raytheon is on or ahead of schedule on all environmental remediation work being performed at the St. Petersburg facility and in adjacent neighborhoods.

We are putting safety and security first in everything we do. Scientific studies conducted by the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Raytheon all determined there is no health threat.

The necessary investments have been made to ensure the cleanup effort is effectively implemented with the least possible disruption to the community. State-of-the-art remediation technology being used at the site has been constructed, and is being operated and monitored, by some of the foremost experts in the field of environmental remediation. Work being performed fully conforms to the remediation plan approved by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and to all state and local requirements.

The remediation initiative utilizes a combination of safe, state-of-the-art remedies to expedite the overall cleanup of the site in an efficient manner. In all, three types of treatment are being used. The pump and treat activity that began in March 2009 has already treated tens of millions of gallons of water; the thermal remedy, representing the biggest part of the effort, is expected to remove more than 90 percent of the contaminants concentrated under the Raytheon facility; and oxidation treatment of the groundwater that began in Dec. 2011 is proving effective. All treatments are being performed in close partnership with state and city officials.

Raytheon is doing what it takes to ensure safe, effective remediation in St. Petersburg.

 

June 2012

Raytheon Community Fact Sheet

January 2012

Raytheon Donates $100,000 for Azalea Park Athletic Complex Restroom/Concession (see attached).

June 16, 2011

Lawsuit Dismissed

Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington signed the attached order which dismisses the Sher et al. v. Raytheon litigation that had been pending in federal court.  As set forth in the attached order, the case was dismissed after plaintiffs' counsel Brian Barr acknowledged in Court that: (1) the case could not proceed as a class action; (2) there is no basis to conclude that any contamination from the St. Petersburg site had spread beyond the geographic boundary shown by the "temporary point of compliance" line that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has approved for remediation; (3) there is no basis for any concern that the contamination (which is primarily deep below the ground and at relatively low concentrations off-site) imposes any threats to health; and (4) there is no statistical diminution of property values in the area based on the work of plaintiffs' own expert, Dr. Kilpatrick (or on the work of the other property experts that have conducted statistical research into this issue during the three year litigation). Most importantly, the Court's Order notes that plaintiffs' counsel has recognized that Raytheon's remediation plans go above and beyond what may be required under Florida law and will provide complete redress for any impacted property in the area. By the same Court Order, plaintiffs' counsel will not receive any legal fees from their pursuit of this matter.

Notwithstanding this legal result, as part of "its corporate citizenship and overall efforts to support the community," Raytheon agreed to make home improvement funds available to the named plaintiffs in the litigation who reside within the remedial area. Raytheon also noted in Court that it is pleased to provide such funds to other similarly situated residences.

In order to participate in this program (or to determine eligibility or otherwise receive information about this program), Raytheon encourages residents to contact plaintiffs' counsel Brian Barr, of the Levin Papantonio lawfirm, at BBarr@LevinLaw.com or by phone at (toll-free) 888-435-7001.

May 26, 2011

Florida DEP Approves Remedial Action Plan

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's approval of Raytheon's Remedial Action Plan became final.  Accordingly, Raytheon will now commence its multi-pronged approach to fully remediate the St. Petersburg facilty site and surrounding area, as detailed in Raytheon's prior filings.

May 10, 2011

Raytheon Company summarized remediation efforts taken to date, and reviewed proposed longer-term remedies, at a community meeting in St. Petersburg hosted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection upon its kick-off of a public commentary period. Raytheon emphasized the company's readiness to build upon successful cleanup work to date at its facility site by installing new treatment systems, and by moving on to remediation in community areas as soon as possible. Click here to review the key facts presented by Raytheon.

May 13, 2010

Raytheon has responded to the Florida DEP's request for information to indicate that the company advocates the granting of provisional approval of the Remedial Action Plan, and is ready to begin remediation in the Azalea Park community. Click here to read Raytheon's letter of response.

August 28, 2009

Raytheon continues interim remediation activities at the St. Petersburg facility site, and will work closely with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to address the Department’s feedback to the company’s long-term Remedial Action Plan. Click here to read the Florida DEP’s response.

April 28, 2009

Raytheon Files Remedial Action Plan

Raytheon Company filed a Remedial Action Plan with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. An important submission for all stakeholders, the proposed plan recommends how cleanup will proceed, addresses the remediation of contaminants of concern, and describes an aggressive approach using multiple technologies. Raytheon's long term remediation plan is designed to achieve significant improvement of subsurface contaminants with as little impact to the community as possible. Click here to read the Executive Summary.

October 15, 2008

 

Florida’s Surgeon General informs elected officials of indoor air quality testing results in local residential buildings

State Surgeon General Ana M. Viamonte Ros, M.D., M.P.H., in a letter to Senator Justice, and Representatives Kriseman and Long, states: "Preliminary results suggest that groundwater vapors are not entering these buildings. None of the chemicals most frequently found in contaminated groundwater from Raytheon (trichloroethene, vinyl chloride, etc.) were found in the indoor air of these buildings." Read the complete letter.

August 12, 2008

 

Environmental testing shows no presence of compounds attributed to Raytheon at local school

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (Aug. 12, 2008) – Results of comprehensive environmental testing at Azalea Elementary School indicate no presence of compounds or threat to health that can be attributed to a local Raytheon site.

Raytheon informed Azalea Elementary staff that groundwater samples taken at the school confirm no compounds related to the Raytheon site are present on school grounds. Additional testing concludes that indoor and outdoor air quality reflect conditions typically encountered in urban communities. Independent experts Arcadis and Environ employed the latest techniques to analyze dozens of water, soil and air samples.

“This is reassuring news for parents, teachers, students and anyone else who uses Azalea Elementary School,” said Gregory S. Taylor, senior manager of remediation programs, Raytheon Company. “There is no threat to human health related to the Raytheon site inside school buildings or on school grounds.”

Raytheon voluntarily conducted the testing at the request of Pinellas County Schools. There are no irrigation wells on Azalea Elementary property.

Testing at Azalea Elementary follows the reporting of three separate assessments – by Raytheon, Florida DEP and Florida Department of Health – all concluding that there is no health risk to residents in the vicinity of the Raytheon facility located at 1501 72nd Street North.

Raytheon will continue to work cooperatively with local and state agencies to conduct ongoing assessments of groundwater conditions and to address issues relating to the St. Petersburg facility. Releases to the groundwater occurred prior to Raytheon’s acquisition of E-Systems in 1995, which included the St. Petersburg facility. Since occupying the facility, Raytheon has not used the substances under study in its St. Petersburg operations.

Raytheon takes its stewardship responsibilities to its employees and the community seriously. The company has operated as a good corporate citizen for 13 years in the St. Petersburg/Largo area and currently employs 1,600 people at four local area facilities. Raytheon remains committed to communicating to property owners, the St. Petersburg community and public officials, and to completing any next steps in a thoughtful and thorough manner.

August 12, 2008

Raytheon begins interim groundwater remediation work at company facility

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (Aug. 12, 2008) – Raytheon Company has begun work on an interim groundwater remediation project at its facility located at 1501 72nd Street North following approval of a plan submitted to the Florida DEP in late July.

The interim remedy will consist of four groundwater recovery wells and a treatment system capable of restoring recovered groundwater to clean standards.

Work at the Raytheon site will include submission of completed engineering designs, trenching and installation of piping and electricity at recovery well locations, plant construction, and obtaining a permit from the City of St Petersburg. It is anticipated that the system will be running this fall, and Raytheon is accelerating the process as much as possible.

Remediation activities at the Raytheon facility are being started in parallel with the company’s completion of a site assessment report due to the Florida DEP on August 31, 2008. Three earlier, separate assessments – by Raytheon, Florida DEP and Florida Department of Health – all concluded that there is no health risk to residents in the vicinity of the Raytheon facility located at 1501 72nd Street North.

Raytheon will continue to work cooperatively with local and state agencies to conduct ongoing assessments of groundwater conditions and to address issues relating to the St. Petersburg facility. Releases to the groundwater occurred prior to Raytheon’s acquisition of E-Systems in 1995, which included the St. Petersburg facility. Since occupying the facility, Raytheon has not used the substances under study in its St. Petersburg operations.

Raytheon takes its stewardship responsibilities to its employees and the community seriously. The company has operated as a good corporate citizen for 13 years in the St. Petersburg/Largo area and currently employs 1,600 people at four local area facilities. Raytheon remains committed to communicating to property owners, the St. Petersburg community and public officials, and to completing any next steps in a thoughtful and thorough manner.

July 11, 2008

Raytheon Statement

Raytheon issued the following statement after the Florida Department of Environmental Protection held a community meeting on July 9, 2008:

Raytheon is pleased to receive the Florida DEP’s response to the Site Assessment Report, and the voluntary Health Risk Assessment, submitted by the company and presented to the community on May 30, 2008. Since then, the results of independent assessments performed by the Florida DEP and the Florida Department of Health have confirmed that there is no threat to public health from drinking water, irrigation wells or outdoor air. While awaiting the Florida DEP’s review and approval of a forthcoming remediation plan, Raytheon will begin interim remediation actions this summer including the installation of groundwater recovery wells that will be connected to a treatment system. Raytheon remains committed to remediation of the site and open communications with the community.

June 19, 2008

Florida DEP announces community meeting

The Florida DEP has announced it will hold a community meeting and open house on Wednesday, July 9, 2008, to discuss their review of the site assessment submitted by Raytheon on May 30, 2008 (click here to read more).

May 30, 2008

Raytheon released the following statement today announcing that there is no health threat associated with groundwater in the vicinity of it's St. Petersburg facility.

Raytheon reports no health threat from groundwater near St. Petersburg facility

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (May 30, 2008) – Raytheon Company advised the community at a public meeting this evening that there is no health threat associated with groundwater in the vicinity of its facility located at 1501 72nd Street North. The company also delivered the two reports that led to this conclusion to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and posted them on its Web site at www.RaytheonStPetersburg.com.

Both the environmental site study required by the Florida DEP and the voluntary human health study were conducted by nationally recognized environmental and health experts. These reports are based on extensive testing and analysis of data from hundreds of monitoring and test wells over the last year. The analysis specifically examines potential health threats associated with the use of groundwater for irrigation and other potential purposes.

The next major step will be a complete review of the reports by the Florida DEP followed by Raytheon’s submission of its recommendations for remediation.

“The conclusion of our assessment – that there is no threat to human health – is very reassuring,” said Mitch Lee, Raytheon site executive. “We are pleased to share the facts and the sound science that underpins our conclusions with the hope that this information will replace the misinformation that currently exists in the community. We are totally committed to continuing the process of open communication with the community through additional meetings and a wide variety of other communications. Raytheon has a long term commitment to St. Petersburg – we live and work here too and we care about its future.”

The comprehensive reports are nearly five feet thick and reflect the use of state-of-the-art analysis, 3-D imaging and other advanced scientific techniques. Specific conclusions include the following:

  • There is no health threat from the air, soil or water in the vicinity of the Raytheon facility.
  • Even if irrigation well water that contains the contaminants is used to water fruit trees, lawns or plants, there is no threat to health.
  • The area of contaminants is well defined.
  • Of the 213 irrigation wells tested to date, 94% meet Florida’s strict drinking water standards.

The company also noted that the drinking water in the community comes from another source that is not impacted by the groundwater issue.

The company’s St. Petersburg facility was acquired in 1995 as part of Raytheon’s purchase of E-Systems. Since occupying the facility, Raytheon has not used the substances detected in the ground water.

Raytheon takes its stewardship responsibilities to its employees and the community seriously. The company has operated as a good corporate citizen for 13 years in the St. Petersburg/Largo area and currently employs 1,600 people at four local area facilities. Raytheon remains committed to communicating to property owners, the St. Petersburg community and public officials, and to completing any next steps in a thoughtful and thorough manner.

May 28, 2008

Raytheon released the following statement announcing the establishment of a Web site - http://www.RaytheonStPetersburg.com/ - to provide accurate, current information and announcements related to environmental issues near the St. Petersburg facility.

Raytheon Launches Website to Communicate the Latest Facts on Local Environmental Issues in Advance of Community Meeting

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (May 28, 2008) – Raytheon Company has launched a Web site — http://www.RaytheonStPetersburg.com/ — to provide accurate, current information and announcements related to environmental issues in the vicinity of its facility at 1501 72nd Street North.

The Web site presents timely information on assessment activities, water use, answers to frequently asked questions, community outreach, the history of the facility, as well as contacts for questions and links to other valuable information. The Raytheon Web site will be updated often and includes a link to the Florida DEP’s Web site.

“This new Raytheon Web site is one of several steps that Raytheon is taking to communicate with our local community,” said Mitch Lee, Raytheon St. Petersburg senior site executive. “The site will provide detailed, up-to-date information on our extensive area assessment of groundwater quality, our reports to the Florida DEP, and our history, in an open and transparent manner.”

The Web site launches in advance of a Community Meeting scheduled for 7:00 PM EDT on Friday, May 30, 2008, at the Raytheon facility. At the Community Meeting, environmental experts will review the key findings of an assessment report including the results of extensive testing and analysis, and local residents will be able to ask questions.

An Open House will be held prior to the Community Meeting at 6:00 PM EDT at the same location, providing local residents an additional opportunity to meet with representatives from Raytheon, the Florida DEP, Florida Department of Health, and environmental experts Arcadis and Environ.

Raytheon began communicating with local residents through meetings with tenants of nearby condominium and apartment complexes as early as 1995, the same year the company purchased E-Systems and inherited the issues associated with its St. Petersburg facility.

Raytheon takes its stewardship responsibilities to its employees and the community seriously. The company has operated as a good corporate citizen for 13 years in the St. Petersburg/Largo area and currently employs 1,600 people at four local area facilities. Raytheon remains committed to communicating to property owners, the St. Petersburg community and public officials, and to completing any next steps in a thoughtful and thorough manner.

May 20, 2008

Raytheon released the following statement announcing a community meeting to be held at the Raytheon facility at 1501 72nd Street North on Friday, May 30, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.

Raytheon schedules community meeting to review findings of groundwater quality assessment report

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (May 20, 2008) – Raytheon Company, in conjunction with the submission of an assessment report to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, will host a community meeting at 7:00 PM EDT on Friday, May 30, 2008, at the Raytheon facility located at 1501 72nd Street North. Florida DEP officials have indicated they are looking forward to the meeting and plan to attend.

At the meeting, environmental experts from Raytheon and leading independent consultants will review the results of extensive testing and analysis of irrigation and monitoring wells in the vicinity of the facility.

“We are completing a significant study and will share the findings with the community the day that we submit the report to the Florida DEP,” said Mitch Lee, Raytheon St. Petersburg senior site executive. “We see this as an important step in responding to our community’s concerns, and in demonstrating our long term commitment to the St. Petersburg area.”

Raytheon began communicating with local residents through meetings with tenants of nearby condominium and apartment complexes as early as 1995, the same year the company purchased E-Systems and inherited the issues associated with its St. Petersburg facility.

Raytheon takes its stewardship responsibilities to its employees and the community seriously. The company has operated as a good corporate citizen for 13 years in the St. Petersburg/Largo area and currently employs 1,600 people at four local area facilities. Raytheon remains committed to communicating to property owners, the St. Petersburg community and public officials, and to completing any next steps in a thoughtful and thorough manner.

May 8, 2008

Raytheon released the following statement concerning alternate sources of irrigation water for residents that have wells found to contain water that exceeds FDEP drinking water standards:

Raytheon to convert affected private irrigation wells exceeding drinking water standards to alternate water sources

Raytheon Company will convert private irrigation wells that tests indicate exceed Florida’s stringent drinking water standards to alternate sources of water. The conversion plan includes the six irrigation wells that have tested above drinking water standards in the area surrounding the company’s facility at 1501 72nd Street North. Raytheon tested an additional 40 irrigation wells in recent weeks; initial results indicate that these wells are clearly within the State’s drinking water standards.

The conversions, which will be paid for by Raytheon, will also be available for additional irrigation wells that company testing may indicate exceed drinking water standards by way of materials originating from the former E-Systems facility.

Although leading independent experts contracted by Raytheon have advised that the use of water from these wells for irrigation purposes does not pose a health risk, Raytheon is implementing the conversion plan to completely eliminate any concern. Both Raytheon and the FDEP are advising property owners of the six affected irrigation wells identified to date to use alternate water sources until further notice. The company will contact the six property owners within the week to discuss their options for conversion. Alternate water sources could include use of city-supplied water or different irrigation wells.

Raytheon is continuing rigorous efforts to identify and test all irrigation wells near the St. Petersburg facility where it believes there is a risk of contamination originating from historical operations at the facility. In addition to testing all publicly-registered wells, the company is conducting a door-to-door campaign to identify any wells that may not be registered.

Any irrigation wells identified will be tested and results will be promptly shared with property owners. All test results will be summarized in an assessment report to the FDEP on or around May 30, 2008. The need for the report was determined in 2007 after Raytheon reported it had identified substances in the groundwater beyond its facility. Raytheon will hold a public meeting shortly after filing the report with the FDEP to review its findings and address concerns of property owners and the community. All required documentation related to the site is on file with the FDEP and available to the public.

Raytheon will continue to work cooperatively with state regulators to conduct ongoing assessments of local groundwater conditions and to address issues relating to the St. Petersburg facility. Releases to the groundwater occurred prior to Raytheon’s acquisition of E-Systems in 1995, which included the St. Petersburg facility. Since occupying the facility, Raytheon has not used the substances under study in its St. Petersburg operations.

Raytheon takes its stewardship responsibilities to its employees and the community seriously. The company has operated as a good corporate citizen for 13 years in the St. Petersburg/Largo area and currently employs 1,600 people at four local area facilities. Raytheon remains committed to communicating to property owners, the St. Petersburg community and public officials, and to completing any next steps in a thoughtful and thorough manner.