Fort Smith Directors Invited To Meeting With Activist Brockovich
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Since: Aug 10
#1 Mar 19, 2013
This issue affects many Pocola residents that once worked at Whirlpool.
I am going to this meeting an will update this post with any new information.
Since: Aug 10
#2 Mar 27, 2013
QUOTE from article:
Bowcock told the sometimes raucous crowd that there was knowledge of the dangers of TCE dating back to before WWII.
Some of the disorders he said could be directly attributed to TCE exposure include birth defects and parkinson's disease.
When asked how many people in the room were directly affected or knew someone affected by diseases and disorders who had either lived in the neighborhood around Whirlpool or who had worked at the factory, nearly half of the hands in the room went up.
The issue of instituting a groundwater well ban was also addressed by Bowcock, who explained that even if the city directors pass an ordinance instituting a ban at tomorrow's (March 27) Fort Smith Board of Directors meeting, it does not address health concerns, the larger issue of cleanup or a decline in property values.
"By instituting the no-pump zone, it does not fix the problem. It does not fix the problem. It calls out more the attention to the fact that this particular neighborhood has now been delineated and deed-restricted and if you go to transfer your property you are now, you are actually, regardless of what they do, if you're in the area where they've requested it, they've already affected your property values. That's just a straight fact. No question about it. You have to now disclose that you are over an impacted area."
He went on to say several minutes later that there was a way for the pollution to be cleaned up if only Whirlpool would consent to such a clean up.
"But they know it's out there, they know what it does and they know how to fix it and they have to stop hiding behind the regulatory community that allows them to perpetuate their problem.
When asked by a man in the crowd what the cost of cleaning up the contamination would be, Bowcock said it would have probably been only $2 or $3 million if it had been done when the contamination was found and reported to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).
But since so many years have passed since the contamination, he said the costs have skyrocketed.
"That (cost) has probably gone up, oh more than 10 fold, probably 25 or 30 times. So yeah, they're probably looking at if they did it today because it's gone so far…so they're going to double their cost there plus the operating expense."
Since: Aug 10
#3 Mar 31, 2013
Another thought on this toxic mess left by Whirlpool ... it was also said the water runoff was draining into a creek that was draining into the Poteau River.
Wake up folks, this isn't just a Fort Smith problem. The contamination is affecting the earth in our area as I type this.
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