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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.

BACKGROUND

Whirlpool Corporation and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) have worked together closely to study the TCE in the groundwater beneath and adjacent to the former Whirlpool manufacturing facility in Fort Smith.

In December 2013, ADEQ issued a Remedial Action Decision Document (RADD) which lays out the science-based remediation plan Whirlpool has been following to attack and remove TCE from the groundwater under and near the former Whirlpool site. A Revised RADD, dated November 15, 2015, was approved by ADEQ following extensive testing, research, and a review of public comments that determined the most effective method for addressing the TCE in the groundwater.

The following documents contain the reports filed regarding our risk evaluation, monitoring, remediation, and risk management activities to address this issue since 2001.

April 11, 2017 Whirlpool’s April 11 City Directors Study Session Presentation Slides
February 2, 2017 Whirlpool’s 2016 Annual Progress Report
September 26, 2016 ADEQ’s Approval of Whirlpool’s Revised Groundwater Monitoring Plan
September 20, 2016 Whirlpool’s Revised Groundwater Monitoring Plan
August 12, 2016 Whirlpool’s Second Quarter 2016 Progress Report
May 12, 2016 Whirlpool’s First Quarter 2016 Progress Report
April 27, 2016 Whirlpool’s Onsite Indoor Air and Sub-slab Soil Vapor Data Report
April 15, 2016 Whirlpool’s Response to ADEQ’s March 15 Letter on Whirlpool’s Two Year Technical Review Report
April 8, 2016 Whirlpool’s Response to ADEQ’s February 29 Letter on Whirlpool’s Fourth Quarter 2015 Progress Report
March 7, 2016 Whirlpool’s Fate and Transport Model Questions
February 26, 2016 Whirlpool’s Transmittal of Fate and Transport Model Input Values and Regression Analysis Documentation
January 29, 2016 Whirlpool's Two Year Technical Review Report
January 29, 2016 Whirlpool's 2015 Annual Progress Report
January 29, 2016 Whirlpool's Fourth Quarter 2015 Progress Report
January 13, 2016 Whirlpool's Updated Human Health Risk Assessment
January 13, 2016 Whirlpool's Response to ADEQ Comments on Third Quarter 2015 Progress Report
December 10, 2015 Whirlpool's Letter to ADEQ on Installation of Sentinel Wells
November 13, 2015 Third Quarter 2015 Progress Report
November 2015 Revised Remedial Action Decision Document (RADD)
October 16, 2015 Whirlpool's Response to ADEQ's September 14, 2015 Comments on the Second Quarter 2015 Progress Report
October 13, 2015 Whirlpool's City Directors Study Session Presentation Slides
September 16, 2015 Whirlpool's Response to ADEQ's September 14, 2015 Comments on the In-Situ Chemical Reduction Pilot Test Work Plan
September 9, 2015 Whirlpool's Response to ADEQ's Comments on the First Quarter 2015 Progress Report
August 25, 2015 Whirlpool's Letter to ADEQ's on the In-Situ Chemical Reduction (ISCR) Pilot Test Work Plan
August 19, 2015 Whirlpool's Response to ADEQ's July 15, 2015 Comments on Results of Outdoor, Crawl Space and Indoor Sampling
August 14, 2015 Second Quarter 2015 Progress Report Cover Letter
August 14, 2015 Second Quarter 2015 Progress Report
August 4, 2015 Whirlpool's Response to ADEQ's July 15, 2015 Comments on the Fourth Quarter 2014 Progress Report
July 15, 2015 Whirlpool's Response to ADEQ's June 12, 2015 Letter on the First Quarter 2015 Progress Report
June 29, 2015 Whirlpool's Letter to ADEQ on Methods for Assessment of Constituent Concentration Rebound
June 25, 2015 Whirlpool's Response to ADEQ's May 20, 2015 Comments on Fourth Quarter 2014 Progress Report
June 25, 2015 Whirlpool's Letter to ADEQ on Results of Outdoor, Crawl Space and Indoor Air Sampling
May 13, 2015 Whirlpool's Response to ADEQ's April 8, 2015 Letter on the Offsite Soil Vapor Monitoring Results
May 12, 2015 City Directors Study Session Presentation Slides with Notes
May 11, 2015 First Quarter 2015 Progress Report Cover Letter
May 11, 2015 First Quarter 2015 Progress Report
May 4, 2015 Whirlpool's Response to ADEQ's March 30, 2015 Letter on the Fourth Quarter 2014 Progress Report
April 17, 2015 Whirlpool's Statement on Class Dismissal and Settlement Actions with Residents
March 19, 2015 Whirlpool's Letter to City on Offsite Soil Vapor Monitoring Results
March 19, 2015 Whirlpool's Letter to ADEQ on Offsite Soil Vapor Monitoring Results with Attachments
February 27, 2015 Whirlpool's Response to ADEQ's January 26, 2015 Letter on the Offsite Shallow Groundwater Investigation Proposed Construction Details
February 25, 2015 Whirlpool's Response to ADEQ's January 23, 2015 Letter on the Area 1 Response Report
February 23, 2015 Whirlpool's Comments on ADEQ's Draft Revised RADD Cover Letter
February 20, 2015 Whirlpool's Comments on ADEQ's Draft Revised RADD
February 13, 2015 Whirlpool's Fourth Quarter 2014 Progress Report
February 3, 2015 Whirlpool's Response to ADEQ Comments on Third Quarter 2014 Progress Report
January 27, 2015 City Directors Study Session Presentation Slides with Notes
January 15, 2015 2014 Annual Progress Report Cover Letter
January 15, 2015 2014 Annual Progress Report
January 15, 2015 Whirlpool's Request for Extension to Submit Public Comments on the Revised RADD
January 5, 2015 Whirlpool's Fourth Quarter 2014 Analytical Results data Transmittal to ADEQ
December 30, 2014 Whirlpool’s Response to ADEQ’s November 24, 2014 Comment Letter
December 30, 2014 Whirlpool’s Response to ADEQ’s Comments on the Offsite Shallow Groundwater Investigation Work Plan
December 12, 2014 Whirlpool’s Response to ADEQ’s October 17, 2014 Comments on the Area 1 Work Plan
December 8, 2014 Northeast Corner Investigation Report
December 8, 2014 Whirlpool’s Notification Letter to ADEQ on the Implementation of the Addendum to the Soil Vapor Monitoring Plan
December 4, 2014 Whirlpool’s Work Plan for the Replacement of Temporary Monitoring Wells
December 3, 2014 Whirlpool’s Statement in Response to Court Order in Day v. Whirlpool
November 17, 2014 Third Quarter 2014 Progress Report
November 14, 2014 Whirlpool’s Response to ADEQ’s October 13, 2014 Comments on the Addendum to the Soil Vapor Monitoring Plan
October 22, 2014 Whirlpool’s Response to ADEQ’s Comments on the 2nd Quarter 2014 Progress Report
October 17, 2014 Presentation to the Fort Smith City Directors on Oct. 14, 2014
October 9, 2014 Transcript from the Court hearing on the proposed class resolution on October 6, 2014
October 7, 2014 Whirlpool’s Response to ADEQ’s September 23, 2014 Comment Letter on the Area 1 Work Plan
October 3, 2014 Whirlpool's response to ADEQ's comments on the ‎Boys and Girls Club Initial Report of Findings
October 2, 2014 Addendum to the Soil Vapor Monitoring Plan
September 23, 2014 Whirlpool's Statement on Mr. Ledbetter’s ‘Objections’ Filing on the Proposed Class Resolution
September 22, 2014 Full Legal Filing on Proposed Class Resolution
September 19, 2014 Whirlpool’s Response to ADEQ’s Comment Letter on the Property Boundary Supplemental Work Plan
September 18, 2014 Whirlpool Letter to ADEQ on surface water and sediment sampling
September 12, 2014 Whirlpool Statement on Mr. Ledbetter's 'Objections' Filing to the Class Resolution
September 8, 2014 Area 1 Supplemental Work Plan Fact Sheet
September 8, 2014 Area 1 Supplemental Work Plan Full Report
September 4, 2014 Whirlpool’s Response to ADEQ’s Sept. 2, 2014 Letter on Soil Vapor Testing
September 3, 2014 Response to ADEQ Comments on the 1Q Progress Report
August 28, 2014 Whirlpool’s initial report on the Supplemental Northeast Corner Testing
August 15, 2014 Extended Second Quarter 2014 Progress Report with Attachments and Appendices
August 11, 2014 Whirlpool’s Response to ADEQ’s Comment Letter on the NE Corner Supplemental Work Plan
August 8, 2014 Whirlpool’s Letter to ADEQ on the Property Boundary Supplemental Work Plan
August 4, 2014 Whirlpool’s fact sheet on the NE Corner Supplemental Work Plan
August 4, 2014 Whirlpool’s letter to ADEQ regarding the NE Corner Supplemental Work Plan
July 17, 2014 Whirlpool’s Response to ADEQ regarding Soil Vapor Monitoring and Property Access Issues
July 15, 2014 Whirlpool’s Response to ADEQ’s Comment Letter on the First Quarter 2014 Progress Report
July 8, 2014 City Directors Study Session Presentation Slides with Notes
July 7, 2014 Presentation pre-read for the July 8, 2014 City Directors Study Session
July 3, 2014 Whirlpool’s Statement on the Fort Smith Class Action Resolution Agreement
July 3, 2014 Court filings related to the Fort Smith Class Action Resolution Agreement
June 20, 2014 Response to ADEQ on ongoing monitoring and testing
June 19, 2014 Whirlpool’s Letter to ADEQ on additional soil vapor monitoring
May 27, 2014 Whirlpool’s Response to ADEQ's April 25 Work Plan Comments
May 27, 2014 Whirlpool’s Letter to ADEQ on the Area 1 Soil Investigation Work Plan
May 20,2014 Whirlpool Letter to ADEQ Regarding Second Phase of ISCO Treatments here
May 15, 2014 Extended First Quarter 2014 Progress Report with Attachments and Appendices
May 14, 2014 Whirlpool’s Statement on ADEQ May 12 Letter
May 8, 2014 Whirlpool’s Statement on Letter of Intent to Purchase Whirlpool Site
April 8, 2014 City Directors Study Session Presentation Slides with Notes
April 7, 2014 Whirlpool and ENVIRON pre-read for the April 8 Fort Smith City Directors Study Session
April 3, 2014 ENVIRON Response to ADEQ Work Plan Comments
April 1, 2014 Whirlpool Work Plan Implementation Update and Fort Smith City Directors Study Session Presentation Request
February 24, 2014 Whirlpool Revised Work Plan and Letter to ADEQ
February 19, 2014 Whirlpool Letter to ADEQ on Accelerating the Work Plan Schedule here
February 10, 2014 Whirlpool Statement on the Contingency Lawsuit Offer to Fort Smith
January 24, 2014 Whirlpool Revised Work Plan Submitted to ADEQ
January 15, 2014 Whirlpool 2013 Annual Progress Report
December 30, 2013 Whirlpool Press Release about the Final RADD Approved by ADEQ
December 27, 2013 Final RADD Approved by ADEQ
November 18, 2013 Whirlpool’s Comment Letter on the Draft RADD delivered to ADEQ
October 22, 2013 Letter to City Directors
October 8, 2013 City Directors Study Session Presentation Slides with Notes
October 7, 2013 Whirlpool and ENVIRON pre-read for the Fort Smith City Directors Study Session
October 2, 2013 Response to ADEQ Letter from September 20, 2013
August 9, 2013 Response to ADEQ Letter
August 7, 2013 Soil Gas Sampling Request
August 2, 2013 Whirlpool Statement on ADEQ Letter
July 16, 2013 Final Remedy Work Plan Submission
April 8th, 2013 Whirlpool-Ft. Smith Revised Risk Management Plan
March 25th, 2013 Whirlpool Ft Smith Fact Sheet
February 28th, 2013 ENVIRON Response to City Questions Dated 2-20-2013
February 27th, 2013 ADEQ Response to Review of Final Remedy WP
February 12th, 2013 ENVIRON Response to ADEQ Letter RE RRMP
January 30th, 2013 Ft Smith Repository Cover
January 28th, 2013 Whirlpool Ft Smith Repository File
January 28th, 2013 Whirlpool Ft Smith Repository File Reduced
June 28th, 2012 ERM Annual GW Monitoring Report to ADEQ
July 9th, 2010 ERM FT Smith IM Status Report to ADEQ
January 12th, 2010 ERM IM Status Report to ADEQ
March 27th, 2008 ERM Final Risk Management Plan to ADEQ
March 17th, 2008 ERM Final IM Work Plan to ADEQ
June 14th, 2007 ERM Final Risk Evaluation Report
January 25th, 2007 ADEQ CAS Work Plan Approval Letter
January 25th, 2007 ADEQ CAS Work Plan Approval Letter 2
August 30th, 2004 ERM Final CAS Work Plan Addendum
June 25th, 2004 ERM Interim Status Report and CAS Work Plan Volume 1
June 25th, 2004 ERM Interim Status Report and CAS Work Plan Volume 2
June 25th, 2004 ERM Interim Status Report and CAS Work Plan Volume 3
August 30th, 2002 ERM Follow Up to ADEQ Scoping Meeting
August 2nd, 2002 ERM Conceptual Site Model Presented to ADEQ

 

Infographic from 2016 Annual Report


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