Bay Pines Estates– Seminole – Pinellas County Florida community learns of TCE contaminated groundwater after 17 years near Harbor Lights M H Park

PINELLAS COUNTY – According to The Brandon News and Tampa Tribune – Seventeen ( 17) years after Becky Sharp notified Pinellas County sheriff’s deputies about an old industrial plant with contaminated groundwater, “people living nearby in Bay Pines Estates are hearing about it for the first time. They’re learning that the fallout from that neglect may threaten them today.”

The state “already knows groundwater on the plant site contains a hazardous stew of vinyl chloride, trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene, arsenic, lead and cadmium. The question is whether it has spread.” According to federal records, “the Pinellas sheriff’s office’s Environmental Crimes Division initially notified the EPA in 1992, saying the site ‘posed a threat to the community.'”

The EPA initiated a cleanup, but “there is no indication the sheriff’s office or EPA” alerted nearby residents.

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