CLYDE, Ohio– A class action lawsuit was filed Thursday against the Whirlpool Corporation on behalf of those affected by a possible cancer cluster in Cyde, Ohio.
The lawsuit was filed at 8:47 a.m. Thursday in Sandusky County Common Pleas Court.
The suit alleges Whirlpool intentionally dumped toxic materials, including a cancer-causing substance known as PCBs, at the former Whirlpool park in Sandusky County.
According to attorneys with Albrechta & Coble, PCBs were discovered by the E.P.A. during a site assessment in November 2012.
The suit states Whirlpool “should have known” that dumping or allowing toxic materials at the park would “injure its neighbors.”
According to the Ohio Department of Health, 35 children have been diagnosed with various types of cancer since 1996 and four kids have died in eastern Sandusky County.
A total of eight people, representatives on behalf of some of those who died, are listed as plaintifs in the class action lawsuit.
Right now, the park is owned by Grist Mill Creek, LLC, which also is listed as a defendant in the suit.
Here is Whirlpool’s response to the lawsuit:
“We are currently reviewing the lawsuit filed today. As a member of the community for over 60 years, with more than 3,000 employees in the area, we are also very interested in figuring out the facts behind this ongoing issue. We are working closely with the current property owner, the U.S. EPA and the Ohio EPA to address the issues at the former Whirlpool Park through the Ohio EPA Voluntary Action Program. We have submitted a Phase I Property Assessment Report and Phase II Work Plans for comment and approval by both agencies.”
The suit asks for a jury trial. The plaintiffs are seeking $750 million in damages.
It asks that a medical monitoring fund and a cleanup fund are created, as well.
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