A preliminary report from the Arkansas Department Of Health was released saying the general public does not appear to be at risk of dangerous chemicals in the air from the stump dump fire in Bella Vista.
The ADH received air quality results from samples the environmental protection agency collected.
The offsite samples do not show high levels of chemicals in the air outside of the stump dump location.
However, one of the samples that was collected onsite tested positive for benzene and could prove to be dangerous.
The data is still being validated and will not be considered final until the EPA notifies the Department of Health that the data is final.
Community members gathered Saturday to voice their opinion about the underground fire that’s been burning for since august.
Home-owner Monique Parks spoke in front of a packed room at the Metfield Clubhouse with the Bella Vista Mayor and a representative from the Arkansas Department Of Environmental Quality in the audience.
Parks said her and her pets have all become sick from the smoke.
“I felt so alone when I was just one person trying to do this but we have a movement trying to do something. There is not one person here who is not affected by it,” said Monique Parks, Resident Near Bella Vista Stump Dump
“If I can get a thousand voices calling, then we can get the recognition then I can get the funding. But above all we need a remediation place and right now that does not exist,” said Bella Vista Mayor Peter Christie.
Community members are pleased that this informative meeting was organized since several said they do not have access to internet.