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No contamination near Ohio cancer cluster

CLYDE, Ohio (AP) — Whirlpool Corp. says extensive soil tests show no evidence of illegal dumping or widespread contamination in an area of northern Ohio where dozens of people have been sickened in a cancer cluster.

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Workers prepare to take a soil sample at the former Whirlpool Park as part of an examination of the property for contamination at the park near Clyde, Ohio. (AP PHOTO)

Company spokesman D. Jeffrey Noel said it's evidence that the washing machine factory there has no connection to the cancer cluster in eastern Sandusky County that has led to multiple lawsuits by families in the area.

Noel tells The (Toledo) Blade ( ) that 328 groundwater, surface water, soil, sediment, and pool filter samples tested for 232 chemical compounds did not yield any unexpected surprises.

The company has asked a federal judge in Ohio to throw out the lawsuits, claiming they are unfounded and irresponsible.


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