Clyde Cancer Cluster families file suit against Whirlpool

The EPA discovered cancer causing carcinogens at Whirlpool Park last November.

Attorneys representing families affected by the Clyde Cancer Cluster have filed a class action lawsuit against Whirlpool Corporations, claiming the company was negligent in its disposal of toxic waste at a community park.

The complaint alleges Whirlpool intentionally handled, disposed and concealed toxic waste--including cancer-causing carcinogens--that was discovered by the Ohio EPA during a site assessment of Whirlpool Park last November.

"For many years, the residents living within the cluster, ranging from the northeastern portion of Sandusky County into southeastern Ottawa County and northwestern Erie County, have been forced to deal with unexplained cancer rates and deaths of children and young adults, all while the Whirlpool Corporation reports annual sales of up to $19 billion per year," wrote attorneys from Albrechta & Coble, Ltd. in a news release.

Nearly 40 young people who lived in a 12-mile radius of Whirlpool Park have been diagnosed with cancer since the mid-1990s.