Attorney: Test results show cause for concern

Recent soil testing at the former Whirlpool Park turned up substances that pose important health concerns for people who live nearby and for people in the Clyde area who have suffered from cancer, says an attorney who filed a lawsuit against Whirlpool.
Tom Jackson
Nov 24, 2013


Hundreds of samples were taken at the site of the former 27-acre park near Green Springs and were tested in an effort earlier this year paid for by Whirlpool but supervised by U.S. EPA officials. Whirlpool released the results in late October and said the results show there’s little cause for concern about what’s buried underneath the former park’s surface.

“Whirlpool’s consultant obtained a total of 328 groundwater, surface water, soil, sediment and pool filter samples and tested for 232 chemical compounds,” according to the executive summary for the Whirlpool report. “The testing found no health risk and no evidence of hazardous illegal dumping.”

Alan Mortensen, the attorney for several families in the Clyde area affected by a deadly cancer cluster, said in a news release Saturday he begs to differ.

Mortensen describes the former park, now in private hands, as “the main location where it is believed that carcinogenic toxins have had the greatest impact on the cases of cancer, since the site is where many Clyde residents played and swam for nearly 50 years.”

“Whirlpool is reporting that there is no reason for concern and that no health risks are posed to the residents of Clyde. The residents who live near the park strongly disagree, based on facts in the report that were not made readily available to the media.”

People in the Clyde area filed two lawsuits against Whirlpool that mention possible contamination at the former Whirlpool Park.

One lawsuit, LaGrou vs. Whirlpool, filed in state court by Fremont’s Albrechta and Coble law firm, was later transferred to federal court in Toledo. The plaintiffs withdrew the lawsuit recently, reserving the right to file a new lawsuit in the future.

Mortensen and other attorneys filed a second lawsuit against Whirlpool in Toledo’s federal court. Warren Brown and other families affected by the cancer cluster filed the suit.

Whirlpool has filed a motion to dismiss the Brown lawsuit. Both sides are awaiting a ruling by U.S. District Judge James Carr, who is presiding over the lawsuit.

Mortensen said his environmental experts studied the 1,608-page report issued by Whirlpool.

PCBs, a dangerous carcinogen, were found in levels well above what the EPA considers acceptable, Mortensen said.

Benzo(a)pyrene, which causes cancer, was found in a concentration 86 times the accepted EPA level. High levels of three other suspected carcinogens, Benzo(a)anthracene, Benzo(b)flouranthene and Indeno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene, also were found in large amounts, Mortensen said.

He said Herb and Renee Farleym, who live just north of the park, are afraid to live there but have not been able to sell their home. The home’s previous owner developed cancer, Mortensen said.



...but have not been able to sell their home.

Mortensen and Sandusky County Administrator/CEO Warren Brown have made a lot of real estate in Sandusky County virtually unsellable. Would YOU buy property already identified by Mortensen as 'hazardous'?

And yet neither attorneys nor the Browns and their fellow plaintiffs have been able to point to ANY specific carcinogen that caused ANY specific illness.

Mortensen threatened to have our house declared 'unsafe for children' if we didn't join his lawsuit because we were one of five tested attics with Benzaldehyde.

He wasn't concerned our attic also contains Benzo(a)anthracene (see story) because they were only interested in the fact Alexa Brown was born and live five years next door to us.

The lawsuit only has succeeded in diminishing values of property in the area. We are so sorry for those who have become ill - and especially those families who have lost children.


PCBs were not illegal until 1971.
PCBs were used by Whirlpool predecessors in Clyde as early as 1930.
He doesn't mention the EPA report also found asbestos in the park 'the result of dumping by current owners'.

And what does it portend that the CEO of Sandusky County - who works directly for the Commissioners - is suing the County's largest manufacturer and employer?


People should move out of Clyde immediately. That's what this story's about isn't it? No one has commented on the people living in Clyde so I will. It's kinda like the people who refuse to leave the nuclear fallout zone in Japan (Fukushima).... Years ago no one knew what was going on in Clyde (and obviously now everyone's still lying) but ALL citizens NOW KNOW what's going on in Clyde...Why in hell are people still living there?? I am serious --WHY WHY WHY??? (for that matter..why are people living in Ohio when there are so many other gorgeous places to live on earth? lol) Well of course, people live in Ohio out of habit and cause of family (etc) but how can anyone live in a community that IS KILLING THEM and ALL THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS???? If the adults in Clyde choose to subject themselves to cancer causing agents on purpose well that's their priviledge but how does anyone justify forcing their kids to live there????