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Tallevast, Lockheed discuss clean up

TALLEVAST — Technical experts from Lockheed Martin and the community advocacy group FOCUS met Wednesday to discuss the clean-up proposal for toxic waste left behind from an old beryllium plant in this southern Manatee County neighborhood.

The meeting was one in a series “to continue its collaboration with residents concerning the submission of the Remedial Action Plan (RAP) Addendum to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, scheduled for July 14,” according to a Thursday e-mail message from Gary Cambre, a spokesman for Lockheed Martin.

The groundwater contamination was discovered in 2000, after Lockheed Martin purchased the the former Loral American Beryllium Company site in 1996.

“At this meeting, Lockheed Martin provided an update on the groundwater modeling and the design of the groundwater treatment system,” Cambre’s e-mail stated.

“Lockheed Martin responded to questions posed by the community’s technical advisors, and we received some very valuable feedback for inclusion in the RAP Addendum.”

Laura Ward, president of FOCUS, said Thursday the meeting was very productive.

“Technical personnel for Lockheed Martin, as well as FOCUS talked about things we had some concern with,” Ward said.

She said there is one more meeting scheduled July 10 before the company has to file the action plan with Florida DEP.

Whether FOCUS will be satisfied with the plan, Ward said they will not know until it is submitted July 14.

“Then our technical experts can review it,” she said.

Carl Mario Nudi, Herald reporter, can be reached at 745-7027.