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Report: Chemical treatment reduces groundwater contamination in western Arkansas

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FORT SMITH, Arkansas — A report shows that treatment of a chemical contamination beneath a shuttered Whirlpool plant in western Arkansas has reduced the amount of the chemical in the groundwater by as much as 91 percent.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1JogJ9O ) reports that the Michigan-based company released the report Monday over the trichloroethylene contamination under the plant in Fort Smith.

Trichloroethylene, which can cause cancer, was found in soil on the plant in 1989. Officials found in 2000 that it seeped into groundwater under an adjoining neighborhood.

As part of a remediation plan approved by state environmental quality officials in 2013, thousands of gallons of a chemical oxidant were pumped into the ground to neutralize the chemical.

A city administrator says he's glad to see progress toward cleaning up the chemical.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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