Tests near Ohio cancer cluster planned for park

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 27, 2013 at 10:09 am •  Published: April 27, 2013

GREEN SPRINGS, Ohio (AP) — Testing is being planned for a closed Ohio park near an area of northern Ohio where cancer has sickened dozens of children for more than a decade.

The park once owned by appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. is near the town of Clyde where Whirlpool has a washing machine factory.

Whirlpool says it will pay for over 300 soil and water samples at the site in the village of Green Springs.

The company says the tests are expected to begin sometime next month.

The U.S. EPA has said soil samples at the now-closed park showed high levels of a chemical believed to increase the risk of certain cancers.

Nearly 40 young people have been diagnosed with cancer since the mid-1990s in a 12-mile-wide circle that's between Cleveland and Toledo.