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Activists test for taint near Whirlpool plant

Working on cleanup, firm says in letter

Posted: March 26, 2013 at 2:21 a.m.

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Whirlpool Corp. corporate vice president for communications and public affairs Jeff Noel said Monday the company is contacting residents of a neighborhood with groundwater contaminated by trichloroethylene from the nearby Whirlpool plant with an invitation to contact the company with questions it has and to set up a meeting in the future with those affected.

with nwwhirlpool0326 Whirlpool Corp. corporate vice president for communications and public affairs Jeff Noel said Monday the company is contacting residents of a neighborhood with groundwater contaminated by trichloroethylene from the nearby Whirlpool plant with an invitation to contact the company with questions it has and to set up a meeting in the future with those affected.

An associate of environmental activist Erin Brockovich arrived in Fort Smith on Monday to begin testing groundwater of a neighborhood contaminated with a hazardous chemical that leaked from the nearby Whirlpool plant over decades but wasn’t disclosed to residents until January.

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Northwest Arkansas, Pages 7 on 03/26/2013

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