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Old 06-29-2010, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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We are moving to St. Pete August 1st. We've come across several houses for rent in zip code 33710, Azalea, Tyrone neighborhoods. I've heard about Raytheon ground water contamination that happened in 2008. I'm wondering if this is still a concern. And is it a concern as in don't drink the water or what exactly is the threat.

For those of you who live in St. Pete is this something that would deter you from living in this area?

Thank you
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Old 06-29-2010, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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It happened in the early 90's and they have been working on proposals to get it cleaned up.

It is irrigation water affected, St.Pete's drinking water is municipal and does not come from that area.
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Old 06-30-2010, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Lincoln County Road or Armageddon
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I agree with Mike. It's a nice area that I wouldn't mind living in. It's a shame Raytheon just won't clean it up.
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Old 06-30-2010, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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I agree with Mike. It's a nice area that I wouldn't mind living in. It's a shame Raytheon just won't clean it up.
They have made proposals just none have been acceptable to the EPA yet
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Old 06-30-2010, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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This might sound like a dumb question but what is there to clean up? When I read "ground water contamination" I think of drinking water but a poster said that the water is ok to drink.

What needs to be cleaned up? What should we avoid if we move to that area?

Thank you for the Info
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Old 07-01-2010, 04:10 AM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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Water for irrigation systems is contaminated.
If you stay a mile away from the plant you should be out of the area that is contaminated, I would go a little further.
The cancer threat from it is one in a million unless of course you start drinking irrigation water.
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Old 07-01-2010, 07:41 PM
 
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I wouldnt live there personally
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Old 07-06-2010, 06:36 AM
 
Location: The 'burg
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The media does a **** poor job of explaining this. YOur dirnking water is 100% safe- it comes from the aquifer wellfields in Pasco County. If you use City reclaimed water for irrigation you are fine. If you use well water for irrigation and are within a small area around the site, you may have a contamination issue. Simple fix- switch to reclaimed water.

Raytheon has been slow on the uptake, but have started some preliminary clean up measures.

Again this is a very small area of a neighborhood, and I can tell you matter of factly, there has been NO contamination found in any surface water, streams, or seepage to the Bay.
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Thank you for the clarification. I've read some reports also and although they are sortof difficult to read (very technical) I'm gathering that it is still safe to live there (obviously many people do live in that area just need to be sure to take a few minor precautions.

We've seen a couple nice homes/townhomes to rent in Tyrone/Azalea neighborhoods so it may be where we end up. Tya I you again for explaining this to me.
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