Testing starts at ex-park near Ohio cancer cluster
2:59 PM, May 20, 2013
FREMONT, Ohio - Whirlpool Corp. is beginning soil and water testing at a former park in a northern Ohio area where cancer has sickened dozens of children for more than a decade.
The Michigan-based appliance manufacturer has a washing machine factory in the nearby town of Clyde and once owned the park. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said initial soil samples found high levels of a chemical believed to increase the risk of certain cancers.
Whirlpool has said it will pay for more than 300 test samples.
Toledo's WTOL-TV reports Whirlpool's vice president of communications said there's no scientific evidence to support allegations that the company is linked to the cancer cluster.
A recent federal civil lawsuit by cancer cluster families alleges Whirlpool's plant spread a suspected cancer-causing compound into nearby neighborhoods.