The Past Resurfaces
TOXIC SCARE: More than 2,000 residents are suing Lockheed Martin, Loral American Beryllium and Wire-Pro.
Today, more than 2,000 Tallevast residents living close to the factory who did not learn of the contamination until several years later are suing Lockheed Martin, Loral and the current owner of the facility, Wire-Pro.
Lockheed spokeswoman Gail Rymer says the residents are not at risk. "Basically we want to reiterate that the community is not currently at risk of being exposed to any contaminants, and relocation is unnecessary," Rymer says.
Lockheed, which has been cleaning up the site under a consent order by the state issued in 2004, says the company will continue to "aggressively pursue" its cleanup and try to work with the community to reach a solution in spite of the litigation.
"These residents are frightened," says Gary Kendall, an attorney involved in the case. "They woke up one day and found out that they are living in a toxic waste dump. They have learned that they had been drinking water that can cause cancer."
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