Air Testing OK’D at Tallevast Water Lines
By Donna Wright, The Bradenton Herald, Fla.
Jun. 25–TALLEVAST — The county has reached an agreement with a Tallevast consultant and attorney that could allow crews to continue work installing a permanent water line to residents of 16th Street East.
Lockheed Martin Corp. has agreed to a county request to pay for independent air-quality monitoring at the site throughout today, said Randy Beckwith, county spokesman.
No work will be done today or Thursday, while those tests are analyzed, Beckwith said.
If air test results are normal, meaning no readings that show toxins at unsafe levels, work on the water line will resume Friday or Monday, said Jeanne Zokovitch, an environmental attorney with WildLaw Inc., a nonprofit agency advising Tallevast residents.
If the tests indicate higher levels than allowed, work will not resume until the county moves the residents on 16th Street out of the way during the installation process or the county proposes another solution acceptable to residents, Zokovitch said in an e-mail to the Bradenton Herald.
Residents along 16th Street are afraid to come out of their houses while crews are digging, said Wanda Washington, vice president of FOCUS, a residents’ advocacy group. Washington lives on 16th Street.
In other developments, the office of Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, has requested the Florida Department of Health review test results from soil and air sampling done before digging started Monday.
Donna Wright, health and social services reporter, can be reached at 745-7049.
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