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On Tuesday, the Clyde childhood and Whirlpool Park Cancer Cluster families filed a lawsuit against the Whirlpool Corporation in U.S. Ohio Western District Court.
A press conference will be held Wednesday morning to provide updates, including results to attic testing and a recent discovery on a piece of property near the park.
Wednesday's press conference will be held at 10 a.m. at the law offices of Charles Boyk, one of the law firms representing the Cancer Cluster families. It will take place at the PNC Bank building located at 405 Madison Ave. in Toledo.
Some of the family members who have lost loved ones will be in attendance.
"I'm proud that we've been able to uphold our end of the bargain and my promise to Alexa," said Warren Brown, who lost his daughter Alexa to brain cancer in 2009. "And that our family, and the families of the other kids have pursued that, without fail."
Testing results from the attic testing done by environmental experts hired by the Cancer Cluster families will be provided at the press conference.
The lawsuit claims, "The testing revealed benzaldehyde in every single home." The families allege benzaldehyde is a cancer-causing chemical that was used by Whirlpool in its manufacturing process.
The families' attorneys initially delayed providing the information to the general public in order to provide the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency an opportunity to respond. However, it has been said the USEPA has not responded in a meaningful manner to the information provided by the families. The results are being released so that Clyde citizens have the information and can respond in appropriate methods.
The families also want to invite Whirlpool to verify the testing in the very near future. Such an invitation is necessary before the families whose homes were tested can clean their attics.
Additionally, a recent discovery at the property adjoining the Whirlpool Park will be discussed at the press conference.
"We're not going to give up until every door and every window are completely nailed shut and there's no other way to get into the building," Brown said of the case.
Whirlpool has issued the following statement:
"We are aware of the filing and we are evaluating these new allegations. We will vigorously defend Whirlpool, its employees, and the community against these allegations. Whirlpool has been part of the fabric of the Clyde community for more than 60 years and we remain committed to acting responsibly." - Kristine Vernier, spokesperson, Whirlpool Corporation
Read more on the history of the Clyde Cancer Cluster:
- Clyde Cancer Cluster families begin own testing
- Clyde Nov. 14 Employee Letter
- Alexa Brown 5K to take place in Clyde on Saturday
- Fundraiser being held for Clyde child diagnosed with cancer
- EPA: Dump sites not to blame for Clyde Cancer Cluster
- EPA begins to study Clyde Cancer Cluster
- EPA sampling 14 sites in Clyde, OH Monday
- Clyde family hosts golf benefit for cancer cluster
- Sen. Brown writes EPA, CDC for more Clyde funding
- Clyde students earn state award for cancer documentary
- Clyde Cancer Cluster update: The Browns go to Washington
- Moving forward on Clyde cancer cluster
- Clyde students take action against childhood cancer
- Clyde families want cancer cluster maps
- Clyde update: Latta secures $10M for cancer research
- Clyde's Warren Brown asks for national attention on cancer cluster -- and gets it
- Clyde's Alexa Brown has taken turn for worse
- Alexa's Journey: Clyde rides for Alexa
- UPDATED: EPA testing drinking water in Clyde
- Alexa Brown heading home to Clyde
- Health Dept: Clyde cancer cluster confirmed but cause unknown
- WTOL Editorial: We'll continue fight for answers in Clyde
- EPA found nothing suspicious in Clyde
- EPA finds nothing suspicious in Clyde water
- Cancer Cluster: Clyde finally seeing some action on cancer triggers
- Editorial Response: Viewers respond to Clyde cancer editorial
- State of Ohio launches web site on Clyde cancer probe
- WTOL Editorial: Clyde parents deserve answers
- Cancer Cluster: Clyde parents demand answers from health officials
- Hundreds attend fundraiser for Clyde cancer kids
- Woman takes action in Clyde cancer cluster study
- Clyde cancer study mom loses battle
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