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Anti-drone protest at Raytheon draws more than 100 peace activists to Largo listen

08/24/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tampa Tribune reports the city will use drones for surveillance during the Republican National Convention next week. More than 100 peace activists protested the use of unmanned drones in countries overseas at Raytheon in Largo Thursday afternoon.

Tighe Barry is with the group Code Pink. One of their main focuses is on anti-war efforts. Barry has long suspected that the U.S. might start using the technology on American soil.

“And they’re going to be used on us. They’re going ...

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St. Pete residents hear Raytheon's plans to clean up Azalea contamination listen

05/11/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Following a long battle from residents, Raytheon finally presented its solution to the groundwater contamination it is charged with leaving throughout St. Petersburg’s Azalea neighborhood. Raytheon officials presented their clean up plan, but some residents are still not satisfied with the response.

The contamination affecting Azalea residents was first discovered in 1991, before it was purchased by a company called E-Systems. But news of the contamination wasn’t made available to reside...

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Azalea neighbors irate about response from Raytheon, Crist, Foster, and DEP listen

06/07/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The BP oil blowout isn’t the only environmental catastrophe some Pinellas residents have to worry about. People in the Azalea neighborhood of northwest St. Petersburg have been dealing with an underground plume of toxins coming from a nearby Raytheon plant. On Saturday morning, about 60 residents gathered with state legislators such as state [Senator Charlie Justice](http://ww...

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Sen. Justice calls for speedier cleanup of Raytheon chemical plume listen

05/21/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The gigantic plume of oil that has reportedly formed under the surface of the Gulf may be stealing headlines, but a smaller chemical plume is menacing some Tampa Bay area residents. For years, defense contractor Raytheon dumped toxic waste into an on-site pond. That waste seeped into the groundwater, which sits beneath St. Petersburg’s Azalea neighborhood.

When the story broke in 2008, nearly twenty years after officials knew about it, residents were outraged. Raytheon proposed a cleanup ...

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Justice criticizes Young on toxic Raytheon plume listen

03/10/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The military contractor Raytheon recently announced it would take them up to 78 years to completely clean the toxic plume under their plant in St. Petersburg.

As a result, State Senator Charlie Justice is accusing U.S. Rep. Bill Young of not doing enough to help his constituents. Justice is running to replace Young in Congress and accuses him of being influenced by thousands of dollar...

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Azalea resident sues Raytheon over contamination listen

04/09/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last year St.Petersburg residents living in the Azalea neighborhood learned that they were living within contamination from underground wastewater seeping from the nearby Raytheon Company plant.

Two class-action lawsuits were filed, and one homeowner has filed her own separate lawsuit.

Colleen Galligan owns a home on Farragut Drive in Azalea Park. That home is one of 19 wells that tested positive for contamination last year. Galligan said that, in one of the worst housing slumps ever, ...

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Officials questioned on Raytheon toxic plume listen

07/14/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Groundwater contaminants exceeding target levels have been found in 13 irrigation wells in the Azalea neighborhood of St. Petersburg. But a growing plume of contamination from the Raytheon property poses “no health concerns” and a one-in-a-million excess cancer risk, according to University of Florida researchers.

This morning, dozens of concerned citizens questioned elected officials and government regulators at the Azalea Adult Community Center.

In a letter to the regional administra...

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