Fort Smith

Whirlpool Corporation, a responsible corporate citizen of the Fort Smith community for many years, is moving forward in close cooperation with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to address the Trichloroethylene (TCE) detected in the groundwater immediately below and adjacent to its Fort Smith property. ADEQ has determined there has been no human exposure to the TCE here, and thus no health risk to area residents.

In December 2013, ADEQ issued a Final Remedial Action Decision Document – or RADD – laying out the science-based remediation plan Whirlpool will follow to attack and remove the TCE from the groundwater. Whirlpool is committed to moving forward with the remediation work and to keeping the residents and elected officials in Fort Smith informed of important developments.


Review the presentation pre-read for the April 8, 2014 City Directors Study Session here.

Read Whirlpool’s Response to ADEQ Work Plan Comments here.

Read Whirlpool’s Work Plan Implementation Update and Fort Smith City Directors Study Session Presentation Request here.

Read Whirlpool’s Revised Work Plan and Letter to ADEQ here.

Read Whirlpool’s Letter to ADEQ on Accelerating the Work Plan Schedule here.

Read Whirlpool’s Statement on the Contingency Lawsuit Offer to Fort Smith here.

Read Whirlpool's January 24, 2014 Work Plan delivered to ADEQ here.

Read Whirlpool's 2013 Annual Progress Report here.

Read Whirlpool’s Press Release about the Final RADD here.

Read the Final RADD Approved by ADEQ here.


Whirlpool remains a responsible corporate citizen of Fort Smith, and we are committed to managing this situation in an open and responsible manner. Ongoing sampling has confirmed that there has been no expansion of the TCE plume, no exposure or pathway to exposure, and no health risk to our neighbors in Fort Smith. Whirlpool is now implementing the remediation plan approved by ADEQ in the Final RADD.

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Whirlpool has been working closely and actively with Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) since 2001. As part of our commitment to openness, Whirlpool has made over 1,000 pages of records available for review at the Fort Smith Public Library. To facilitate the public’s access to these documents, we have uploaded the records to this website. We will add new documents to this page as they become available in the future.

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We know Fort Smith residents have a lot of questions. To help get everyone answers, we are posting many of the questions we have received with their answers on this website.

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If you have not found the information you are looking for or have additional questions, we strongly encourage you to contact us directly. We have set up a dedicated toll-free phone number and email address for this situation.

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Phone: 888-923-9745

Phone: 269-923-7405