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Whirlpool’s solvent in groundwater riles neighbors

Posted: March 3, 2013 at 4:04 a.m.

This stretch of Jacobs Avenue — a quiet, older neighborhood in south Fort Smith — is closest to the former Whirlpool plant that closed last summer and left a legacy of hazardous chemical contamination.

People living just north of the former Whirlpool Corp. manufacturing plant are angry that a hazardous chemical that leaked from the plant years ago has seeped into the groundwater under their homes, raising fears of health risks and damage to property values.

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Are there any gardens in the plume area? Will there ever have to be excavation for utility services in the plume area? What other exclusions or costs will the homeowners living in the affected area have to endure? It seems like watching and waiting (from 1988 until 2001) didn't solve the problem and now it has grown into potentially unmanagable proportions. Well done, Whirlpool!!!

Posted by: ZeroGee

March 3, 2013 at 7:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )