Whirlpool Closure Appears Clean from Environmental View

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The closure of the Whirlpool plant on June 29 may leave a crater in the Fort Smith economy, but the company appears to be ready to leave the facilities now occupied at 6400 Jenny Lind Road in keen environmental shape.

According to Ryan Benefield, deputy director of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), the refrigerator manufacturing operation has no outstanding items from ADEQ regarding hazardous waste cleanup.

Repeated daily e-mail and phone call attempts by The City Wire to reach Whirlpool’s media relations department from Monday (June 4) through Thursday (June 7) yielded no results.

In other words, the building should be safe and ready to go for the next prospective tenant, though Benefield said he “would advise whoever moves in to the building to get an environmental site assessment completed.” Click here to read the full story from our partners at TheCityWire.com.