Whirlpool wants water well ban around former site

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Whirlpool Corp. wants Fort Smith to make it illegal to drill water wells near the site of its former factory.

Representatives of the company explained to city directors Tuesday that a spill of a degreasing solvent in the 1980s left contamination in the groundwater.

The Southwest Times Record reports ( ) that the company wants to prevent people from tapping water contaminated with trichloroethylene, which is believed to be a cancer-causing chemical.

City Attorney Jerry Canfield said the proposed ordinance would not block residents' from pursuing Benton Harbor, Mich.-based Whirlpool for compensation.

Whirlpool closed its Fort Smith refrigerator plant last year and moved the work to Mexico.

Information from: Southwest Times Record,

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