12 plaintiffs to be added in Ark. Whirlpool suits

FORT SMITH (AP) - An attorney representing plaintiffs in two lawsuits against Whirlpool in state court says he plans to add up to 12 plaintiffs to those complaints in the next two weeks.

The Southwest Times-Record reports that one lawsuit was brought on behalf of 3 homeowners and the other on behalf of landlords who own 12 properties in an area affected by a chemical leak from Whirlpool.

According to Whirlpool - which closed its Fort Smith plant in 2012 - a plume of trichloroethylene, or TCE, a known carcinogen, leaked into groundwater at the plant site, then later into a neighborhood to the north.

The chemical was used at Whirlpool as a degreasing solvent between the late 1960s and early 1980s, according to the company

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