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      Whirlpool Corp report says ''no health threat'' and Whirlpool Park site

      The Whirlpool Corporation released an "executive summary" Thursday, regarding tests conducted at the former Whirlpool Park site in Green Springs.

      Whirlpool aims to dispel claims, that use of the park in the 60's and 70's, caused cancer in area residents.

      "There has been some allegations raised. There has been some questions raised. We think this gives everyone peace-of-mind by knowing the facts, based upon the science," says Whirlpool's VP of Communications Jeff Noel.

      According to the report, a private consultant hired by Whirlpool, and working under the supervision of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), took 328 samples, and tested for 232 types of chemical compounds.

      Noel says, "Nothing was found, in terms of being positive from those test results, except in the areas that the EPA had done the testing before."

      Those spots, previously tested by the EPA, include the basketball court, and the East Grist Mill area.

      The tests have confirmed what the EPA already reported, that cancer causing agent levels in those spots are higher than what is considered safe for residential areas.

      But the report by Whirlpool states that those levels still are not dangerous.

      "It is absolutely conclusive that there are no health concerns. No health concerns in the park both today, and in the past," says Noel.

      Locals claim to have seen dumping years ago, but without a smoking gun to back up statements, it can only be called hear-say.

      Noel says, "There is no evidence of illegal, or hazardous dumping that took place in the park."

      WNWO asked Whirlpool executives about dumping locations reported, other than the park site. The response was that Whirlpool would be open to that discussion.

      Noel says, "What I would share with them, is what I am sharing with you. We have no records, whatsoever, of Whirlpool Corporation ever having dumped illegal material onto any site."

      Despite the ongoing legal battle against Whirlpool, Jeff Noel expresses sympathy on behalf of the company, for area families who have battled cancer, but denies having any part in what may have caused the cancer cluster in Clyde.

      WNWO reached out to numerous people involved in the lawsuit, but we were unable to get in contact with them for their response to the whirlpool report.