Whirlpool Corp. says extensive soil tests show no evidence of illegal dumping or widespread contamination in an area of northern Ohio where children were among dozens of people who have been sickened in a cancer cluster.
CLYDE, Ohio - Some families whose children are part a northern Ohio cancer cluster say they're troubled after soil samples from a former park showed high levels of a chemical believed to increase the risk of certain cancers in humans.
Attorneys for the family members cite a recent report prepared for the federal Environmental Protection Agency about park grounds in the Clyde area, where at least 35 children have been diagnosed with cancer since the mid-1990s.
The report says soil samples taken near a basketball court showed metals and PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, in amounts exceeding EPA levels.
The report says a tip left on a hotline indicated a company used a black sludge-like material to fill in the area near the court.
The family members planned a news conference Wednesday.
The wait for answers is far from over for parents who for years have lived with the worry of not knowing what's behind the mysterious cancers that have sickened dozens of children in a rural area of northern Ohio.
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Whirlpool Corporation over Whirlpool Park and the mysterious Clyde cancer cluster.