EPA Clears 13 Cancer Cluster Test Sites

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CLYDE, Ohio — A newly released report from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that 13 of 14 test sites in eastern Sandusky County did not pose a threat to human health.

According to EPA spokesperson Joshua Singer, the agency began sampling the sites in February 2012, inspecting air, soil and water samples, where a former storage lot for chemical containers used to be. The inspection came after the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reported that 35 children had been diagnosed with various types of cancer since 1996 and that four kids had died in eastern Sandusky County.

“U.S. EPA did not find contamination at levels that pose a threat to human health and will not take further action at those sites.  EPA continues to work on the remaining site,” Singer said.

The cluster has been studied for several years, and Singer says the EPA isn’t done with its investigation.

“U.S. EPA continues to investigate possible sources of contamination in Eastern Sandusky County. The Agency received approximately 90 tips to its Eastern Sandusky County hotline and is following up on that information.”

*To read the full technical report on the EPA website, click HERE.

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— Fox 8 News reporter Mark Zinni contributed to this report.