CLEARWATER, FLA. (CN) – Raytheon has polluted St. Petersburg water for years with toxic and carcinogenic dioxane, trichloroethene, dichloroethene and vinyl chloride, which also cause birth defects, a class action claims in Pinellas County Court.
Plaintiffs claim Raytheon and its predecessors have known of their deadly pollutants for more than 20 years but lied about it, “fraudulently, negligently and/or knowingly suppressing the nature and extent of the contamination which has migrated off their property,” and falsely claiming to have contained the plume of toxins from its storage facility.
The toxic plume originates from Raytheon’s 500,000-square-foot plant in St. Petersburg, which employs 1,300 people, the complaint states. Plaintiffs also sue Craig Pethe, environmental engineer at the Raytheon plant. They claim Raytheon has known of the carcinogenic pollution for years but decided not to contain it properly to save money.
Plaintiffs are represented by Michael Papantonio.