2014 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:48:19 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Whirlpool Ft. Smith (Arkansas) TCE plume spreading
ADEQ memo indicates Whirlpool pollution plume is spreading

by Ryan Saylor
Fort Smith City Wire (AR)

September 29, 2014

The plume of potentially cancer-causing trichloroethylene (TCE) found under the former Whirlpool manufacturing facility and an adjoining neighborhood in South Fort Smith could be spreading in the area near the near a Boys and Girls Club location.

News of the potentially growing plume was disclosed in a Sept. 22 letter from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality to Robert Karwowski, director of environmental, health and safety at Whirlpool's corporate headquarters in Benton Harbor, Mich.

ADEQ Engineer Mostafa Mehran wrote to Karwowski regarding a report by Whirlpool about additional TCE pollution that was found near a Boys and Girls Club located in South Fort Smith not far from the shuttered factory facility.


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