Testing starts at ex-park near Ohio cancer cluster

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.

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