TALLEVAST -- A ruling in a dispute over a Tallevast remediation plan may still be a couple of months away, a judge said Monday.
Testimony and evidence presented in the case ended Friday in Bradenton before Judge Bram D. E. Canter, but a quick order is not in the cards, he said.
“It’s probably closer to two months,” said the state administrative law judge about a decision in the case.
Then, the case must go on to the state Department of Environmental Protection for a determination, he added, saying, “and I’m not sure of their time frame.”
Tallevast residents have challenged Lockheed Martin Corp.’s remediation plan for groundwater contamination at the former Loral American Beryllium Co., 1600 Tallevast Road, which sits at the center of the neighborhood.
They are unhappy with the plan because Lockheed Martin estimates that the groundwater cleanup will take almost 50 years.
Lockheed Martin officials say they want to clean up contaminants as quickly as possible.
Last year, the environmental agency approved the Tallevast Remedial Action Plan Addendum, which details the corporation’s proposal for cleaning up the contaminated groundwater associated with past operation of the American Beryllium Co. plant.
The case will decide whether the 48-year cleanup plan is the best Lockheed Martin can be expected to provide, The Herald has previously reported.
Residents hope the company will be forced to clean up the groundwater and soil faster and more safely than is currently proposed.
Lockheed Martin has said in the past it is “committed to restoring the environment, continuing to work with the Tallevast community, and is actively defending the RAP Addendum,” as the plan is called, The Herald reported.
Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at (941) 745-7031.