Whirlpool releases plans to clean up chemical spill from 1980s

    9:52 PM, Apr 25, 2013   |    comments
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    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KTHV) -- Whirlpool released a revised cleanup plan for a decades old chemical spill at its former Fort Smith plant.

    5NEWS  reported that the company said the new plan specifies where they will do onsite chemical oxidation to take care of the trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination from the 1980s. It also includes explanations of conditions at the site along with a detailed history of the work they've already done.

    Fort Smith Mayor Sandy Sanders said while this is a positive step, it's not enough.

    "All they're planning to do at this point is apply some chemical oxidation onto the plant site itself where the contamination initiated, and it does not appear at this time that they're planning to do anything offsite where the plume has apparently gone," explained Mayor Sanders.

    Whirlpool said they hope to greatly reduce the contaminate levels within the next five years. The new plan has been submitted to the Arkansas Department of Quality for review.

    For further details on this story, please visit 5newsonline.com.

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