|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||5 Jun 2006 03:12:41 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Lockheed-American Beryllium background, Tallevast (FL)|
Tallevast plume history|
Donna Wright Bradenton Herald (FL) June 4, 2006
Visioneering, a local machine shop, opened in Tallevast in 1948. By 1960 Visioneering had changed its name to American Beryllium Company. American Beryllium became a subsidiary of Loral Corp., a high-tech company with federal contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Energy.
An important link in nation's defense and nuclear research programs during its operation from 1961 through 1996, the American Beryllium Company recruited top flight machinists from around the world to make parts for nuclear weapons and reactors as well as space projects.
Lockheed Martin Corp. purchased the beryllium plant in 1996 in a corporate buyout of Loral. When Lockheed was preparing to sell the property in 2000, an environmental audit revealed a broken sump that had leaked cancer-causing chemicals and industrial solvents into surrounding soil and groundwater.
Although Lockheed informed county and state environmental officials about the plume, as required by law, the defense giant was not obligated to tell residents. They did not learn of the toxins in their backyard in the fall of 2003 when drilling rigs began to sink test wells in the community.
For the entire article, see http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/breaking_news/14740463.htm
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