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 - Lawyers in Ohio have filed a $750 million class action lawsuit against Whirlpool Corp. that's related to a child cancer cluster between Toledo and Cleveland.
The lawsuit filed Thursday attempts to link Whirlpool and others to the cancer cluster, though the children's families aren't involved.
The U.S. EPA has said high levels of a chemical believed to increase the risk of certain cancers were found in soil samples from a former park Whirlpool once owned near the town of Clyde. Whirlpool has a washing machine factory in Clyde.
The findings didn't link the contaminants with the cancer cluster.
Benton Harbor, Mich.-based Whirlpool hasn't been directly connected to the chemical found in the tests. A statement from the company says it also wants to figure out the facts behind the issue.
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.