Senator Tom Cotton Meets with EPA, Talks Stump Dump Fire


Senator Tom Cotton met Tuesday with the acting EPA Administrator and discussed the Trafalgar road fire.

Senator Cotton met with Andrew Wheeler to talk about the stump dump fire and how it has made life difficult for local residents.

Cotton was in Bella Vista on February 9 to look at the site for the first time.

“I wanted to be able to describe it in detail to him and also talk about the conversations I had with state and local experts, make sure that it’s front of mind,” Cotton said to reporters on Friday.

Here is a statement from Senator Cotton via Facebook:

“During my meeting yesterday with Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, we discussed how difficult the Bella Vista fire has made life for local residents. From kids not being able to play outside to folks developing respiratory problems, I told him that my greatest concern was the public health of Arkansans. Now that Mr. Wheeler knows the full extent of the problem, Iā€™m hopeful that the EPA will continue to explore all possible options to help the state of Arkansas and the town of Bella Vista.”

The findings of air quality reports released in recent weeks have fluctuated from good to moderate. Most recent reports from the Bella Vista Fire Station 2 show the air quality is good, but can change based on weather and wind direction.

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