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McMath Woods Files Suit Against Whirlpool on behalf of Fort Smith Residents

Published on May 24, 2013 at 8:24 pm in Environmental.

Residents and landowners of the neighborhood north of the former Whirlpool facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas filed suit today in Sebastian County Circuit Court. The two suits seek damages from Whirlpool for the harm caused by a trichloroethylene (TCE) plume emanating from the facility.

The suits allege that Whirlpool used TCE at the facility beginning in 1967 to clean appliances prior to painting. Documents submitted to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality by Whirlpool’s environmental consultant show the TCE plume extends to the subsurface below dozens of properties. The suits further allege that Whirlpool discovered TCE below its facility in the 1980s, but that property owners did not learn of the TCE plume until January of 2013, when Whirlpool proposed a city ordinance to ban drinking water wells in the neighborhood.

TCE is a volatile organic compound. Industrial users have historically used it as a solvent. It is a known carcinogen that can cause adverse impacts to human health and the environment. TCE can break down into harmful daughter products, such as vinyl chloride, after it is released to the environment.

Counsel for the plaintiffs include Sam Ledbetter and Ross Noland of McMath Woods P.A. in Little Rock, and Rick Woods of Taylor Law Partners, LLP in Fayetteville. McMath Woods P.A. represents clients in environmental and personal injury cases. Taylor Law Partners is a general litigation firm comprised of experienced trial attorneys who represent clients at both the trial and appellate levels.

McMath Woods Meets with Residents of Mayflower’s Northwoods Subdivision to Discuss Exxon Pipeline Spill

Published on Apr 10, 2013 at 2:44 pm in Consumer Awareness, Environmental.

On Monday evening April 8, 2013, attorneys from McMath Woods met with residents of Mayflower’s Northwoods Subdivision to discuss the recent ExxonMobile Pegasus Pipeline Oil Spill.  Approximately forty residents were in attendance.

McMath Woods has a proud forty year history of helping Arkansans harmed by environmental disasters.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel Inspects Mayflower Oil Spill Site

Published on Apr 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm in Environmental.

On Wednesday, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel inspected the Mayflower, Arkansas neighborhood where the Pegasus Pipeline owned by ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. ruptured on Friday, March 29, 2013.

Attorney General McDaniel inspected the site on behalf of Mayflower homeowners and residents who have been adversely affected by the oil spill.

Here is a link to an article providing additional information on Attorney General McDaniel’s inspection: https://thecabin.net/news/local/2013-04-03/mcdaniel-says-litigation-exxonmobil-certainty

Corrective Action Order Issued by U.S. Government Over Mayflower Oil Spill

Published on Apr 3, 2013 at 8:55 pm in Environmental.

The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a Corrective Action Order to ExxonMobil Pipeline Company over the Pegasus Pipeline failure in Mayflower, Arkansas on March 29, 2013.  A copy of the Corrective Action Order can be viewed in this link:  https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/staticfiles/PHMSA/DownloadableFiles/Files/4%202013%205006H_Corrective%20Action%20Order_4%2002%2013.pdf

McMath Woods has a proud forty year history of representing Arkansans harmed by environmental disasters.


Mayflower Oil Spill Cleanup Begins

Published on Apr 1, 2013 at 4:25 pm in Environmental.

An oilspill in Mayflower has forced the evacuation of numerous residents.  Cleanup efforts are underway.

Here are links to several local newspaper articles on the spill and cleanup.




Arkansas’s Petroleum Storage Tank Trust Fund Issues Record Payout

Published on Mar 4, 2013 at 3:24 pm in Environmental.

Last week the Arkansas Petroleum Storage Tank Trust Fund issued a payment of $992,500 to Harps Food Stores.  The payout results from a Petromark gas station leak that caused the Yellville location of Harps to close for nearly two weeks in 2011.  In addition to the $992,500 paid by the State of Arkansas, Petromark will pay a $7,500 deductible and an additional $400,000 to Harps.  Sam Ledbetter of McMath Woods P.A. represented Harps Food Stores in this matter.  For additional details on the record settlement, please see the linked Thursday, February 28, 2013 article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.  https://epaper.arkansasonline.com/Repository/getFiles.asp?Style=OliveXLib:ArticleToMailGifMSIE&Type=text/html&Path=ArDemocrat/2013/02/28&ID=Ar00903&Locale=&ChunkNum=0

EPA Releases Preliminary Finding that Fracking can Impact Water Supplies

Published on Dec 9, 2011 at 5:56 pm in Environmental.

The EPA recently released a preliminary report finding pollution from hydraulic fracturing can contaminate groundwater used for human consumption. The initial study is limited to an area in Wyoming, but many believe it is indicative of impacts fracking can have on any water supply. The preliminary report is part of an ongoing investigation by the EPA of fracking’s impact on drinking water resources. The website for the ongoing study can be found here: https://www.epa.gov/hfstudy/index/

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