EPA report troubles Ohio cancer cluster families

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.
 

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