November 12, 2008
Dangerous Chemical Found Near Fla. Plant
A chemical thought to cause cancer has been found in a home near the Raytheon defense plant in St. Petersburg, Fla., an agency says.
The Florida Department of Health confirmed that the chemical 1, 2-dichloroethane was found in an area home for the second time since August, WFLA-TV of Tampa, Fla., reported Wednesday.
The levels found at the apartment site were well above the levels thought to cause cancer in humans during lifelong exposure, WFLA-TV said.
After the second discovery of the chemical in the area, Eckerd College environmental studies Professor Kent Curtis told WFLA-TV, "There is reason to be concerned, though probably not alarmed."