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Whirlpool Corporation, a responsible corporate citizen of the Fort Smith community for many years, has been working in conjunction with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), the City of Fort Smith, and area residents to address the trichloroethylene (TCE) detected in the groundwater immediately below and adjacent to its former Fort Smith manufacturing facility. Whirlpool, with continued oversight and guidance from ADEQ, has been following a science-based remediation plan to attack and remove TCE from the groundwater under and near the former manufacturing facility.

ADEQ has determined there are no complete pathways to exposure and thus no health risk to area residents.

Whirlpool has completed required and supplemental remediation activities and extensive groundwater and soil vapor monitoring during the past 2.5 years, and remains committed to keeping Fort Smith residents and elected officials informed of important developments.

Whirlpool is now focusing on the future re-use of the property while continuing to monitor groundwater and soil vapor conditions on-site and at off-site locations, in full coordination with ADEQ. Comprehensive future monitoring will be performed continuously in accordance with the Revised Groundwater Monitoring Plan as approved by ADEQ on September 26, 2016, and if future data should trigger the need for any Action Plans, these plans would be submitted to ADEQ for its review and approval.

Whirlpool is pleased that we have joined with ADEQ to develop this path forward that will verify projected plume moderation and direct responsive actions if conditions warrant. Whirlpool Corporation is committed to continuing to work with the state and local community to responsibly address this site and move the property into productive reuse.

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RECENT NEWS AND DOCUMENTS

Read Whirlpool’s April 11 City Directors Study Session Presentation Slides here.

Read Whirlpool’s 2016 Annual Report here.

Read Whirlpool’s Revised Groundwater Monitoring Plan here.

Read Whirlpool’s Second Quarter 2016 Progress Report here.

Read Whirlpool’s First Quarter 2016 Progress Report here.

Read Whirlpool's Two Year Technical Review Report here.

See the full list of news and documents in the Background section here.


FACTS

Whirlpool Corporation, a responsible corporate citizen of the Fort Smith community for many years, has been working in conjunction with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), the City of Fort Smith, and area residents to address the trichloroethylene (TCE) detected in the groundwater immediately below and adjacent to its former Fort Smith manufacturing facility. ADEQ has determined there are no complete pathways to exposure and thus no health risk to area residents.

Whirlpool has completed required and supplemental remediation activities and extensive groundwater and soil vapor monitoring during the past 2.5 years, and remains committed to keeping Fort Smith residents and elected officials informed of important developments.

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BACKGROUND

Whirlpool has been working in conjunction with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) since 2001. As part of our commitment to transparency, Whirlpool has made thousands of pages of records and reports available for review on this website. We will continue to add significant, new documents to this site as they become available.

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QUESTIONS

We know Fort Smith residents have a lot of questions. To help share information, we are posting many of the questions we have received, along 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 email address for this situation.

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CONTACT
Fort Smith Residents
Email: contactwhirlpool@whirlpool.com

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

 

 

 

 


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