Fort Smith

Whirlpool Corporation, a responsible corporate citizen of the Fort Smith community for many years, is moving forward in close cooperation with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to address the Trichloroethylene (TCE) detected in the groundwater immediately below and adjacent to its Fort Smith property. ADEQ has determined there has been no human exposure to the TCE here, and thus no health risk to area residents.

In December 2013, ADEQ issued a Final Remedial Action Decision Document – or RADD – laying out the science-based remediation plan Whirlpool will follow to attack and remove the TCE from the groundwater. Whirlpool is committed to moving forward with the remediation work and to keeping the residents and elected officials in Fort Smith informed of important developments.

LATEST NEWS

Read the Third Quarter 2014 Progress Report here.

Read Whirlpool’s Response to ADEQ’s October 13, 2014 Comments on the Addendum to the Soil Vapor Monitoring Plan here

Read Whirlpool’s Response to ADEQ’s Comments on the 2nd Quarter 2014 Progress Report here

Review the Presentation to the Fort Smith City Directors on Oct. 14, 2014 here

Read the transcript from the Court hearing on the proposed class resolution on October 6, 2014 here

Read Whirlpool’s Response to ADEQ’s September 23, 2014 Comment Letter on the Area 1 Work Plan here.

Read Whirlpool's response to ADEQ's comments on the ‎Boys and Girls Club Initial Report of Findings here.

Read the Addendum to the Soil Vapor Monitoring Plan here.

Read Whirlpool’s September 23, 2014 Statement on Mr. Ledbetter’s ‘Objections’ Filing on the Proposed Class Resolution here and see our full legal filing here.

Read Whirlpool’s Response to ADEQ’s Comment Letter on the Property Boundary Supplemental Work Plan here.

Read Whirlpool’s September 18, 2014 Letter to ADEQ on surface water and sediment sampling here.

Read the Whirlpool Statement on Mr. Ledbetter's 'Objections' Filing to the Class Resolution here.

Read the Area 1 Supplemental Work Plan Fact Sheet here and full report here.

Read Whirlpool’s Response to ADEQ’s Sept. 2, 2014 Letter on Soil Vapor Testing here.

Read Sept. 3, 2014 Response to ADEQ Comments on the 1Q Progress Report here.

Read Whirlpool’s initial report on the Supplemental Northeast Corner Testing here.

Read the Second Quarter 2014 Progress Report here.

Read Whirlpool’s Response to ADEQ’s Comment Letter on the NE Corner Supplemental Work Plan here.

Read Whirlpool’s Letter to ADEQ on the Property Boundary Supplemental Work Plan here.

Review Whirlpool’s fact sheet on the NE Corner Supplemental Work Plan here and read the full Work Plan here.

Read Whirlpool’s Response to ADEQ regarding Soil Vapor Monitoring and Property Access Issues here.

Read Whirlpool’s Response to ADEQ’s Comment Letter on the First Quarter 2014 Progress Report here.

Review the presentation slides from the July 8, 2014 City Directors Study Session here.

Review the presentation pre-read for the July 8, 2014 City Directors Study Session here.

Read Whirlpool’s Statement on the Fort Smith Class Action Resolution Agreement here.

Read the June 20, 2014 response to ADEQ on ongoing monitoring and testing here.

Read Whirlpool’s Letter June 19, 2014 to ADEQ on additional soil vapor monitoring here.

Read Whirlpool’s Response to ADEQ's April 25 Work Plan Comments here.

Read Whirlpool’s Letter to ADEQ on the Area 1 Soil Investigation Work Plan here.

Read the Whirlpool Letter to ADEQ Regarding Second Phase of ISCO Treatments here.

Read the First Quarter 2014 Progress Report here.

Read Whirlpool’s Statement on ADEQ May 12 Letter here.

Read Whirlpool’s Statement on Letter of Intent to Purchase Whirlpool Site here.

Review the presentation slides from the April 8, 2014 City Directors Study Session here.

Review the presentation pre-read for the April 8, 2014 City Directors Study Session here.

Read Whirlpool’s Response to ADEQ Work Plan Comments here.

Read Whirlpool’s Work Plan Implementation Update and Fort Smith City Directors Study Session Presentation Request here.

Read Whirlpool’s Revised Work Plan and Letter to ADEQ here.

Read Whirlpool’s Letter to ADEQ on Accelerating the Work Plan Schedule here.

Read Whirlpool’s Statement on the Contingency Lawsuit Offer to Fort Smith here.

Read Whirlpool's January 24, 2014 Work Plan delivered to ADEQ here.

Read Whirlpool's 2013 Annual Progress Report here.

Read Whirlpool’s Press Release about the Final RADD here.

Read the Final RADD Approved by ADEQ here.

FACTS

Whirlpool remains a responsible corporate citizen of Fort Smith, and we are committed to managing this situation in an open and responsible manner. Ongoing sampling has confirmed that there has been no expansion of the TCE plume, no exposure or pathway to exposure, and no health risk to our neighbors in Fort Smith. Whirlpool is now implementing the remediation plan approved by ADEQ in the Final RADD.

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BACKGROUND

Whirlpool has been working closely and actively with Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) since 2001. As part of our commitment to openness, Whirlpool has made over 1,000 pages of records available for review at the Fort Smith Public Library. To facilitate the public’s access to these documents, we have uploaded the records to this website. We will add new documents to this page as they become available in the future.

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QUESTIONS

We know Fort Smith residents have a lot of questions. To help get everyone answers, we are posting many of the questions we have received with their answers on this website.

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HOW TO REACH US

If you have not found the information you are looking for or have additional questions, we strongly encourage you to contact us directly. We have set up a dedicated toll-free phone number and email address for this situation.

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CONTACT
Fort Smith Residents
Phone: 888-923-9745
Email: contactwhirlpool@whirlpool.com

MEDIA
Phone: 269-923-7405
Email: media@whirlpool.com