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Brown asks U.S. EPA to keep cancer cluster families informed

Tom Jackson • Nov 25, 2012 at 2:49 PM

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has asked the U.S. EPA to better inform Clyde Cancer Cluster families about developments in the agency's investigation.

In a letter he sent Wednesday to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, Brown also asked the EPA to intervene in a dispute between Whirlpool and the current owners of the land known as Whirlpool Park.

An agreement between the company and the property owners would speed up further testing of contamination on the land.

Families of children affected by the cancer epidemic have also urged Jackson to keep the promise she made in 2011, when she said she would meet with the families this year.

While Brown's letter is silent on that issue, a spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana — who will take over in January as congressman representing the Clyde area — said Jordan hopes the EPA administrator will keep her promise.

Since 1996, 37 young people in the Clyde area have been diagnosed with cancer, and four have died.

“The Clyde community deserves answers regarding the cancer cluster that has sickened too many of its children," Brown's letter stated. "I applaud the EPA for its diligence in testing sites in and around Clyde, but it must do more to keep families informed about the results.


Read more in Sunday's Register.

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