Three days ago, Whirlpool released a 1,608 page report on testing that was performed by Whirlpool at the Whirlpool Park. Attorney Boyk will discuss the three-page Executive Summary of the report below. He believes that key findings, including the presence of carcinogens of dangerous levels at the park, were left out of the report.
Attorney Charles Boyk believes that certain facts were missing from the Executive Summary that should have been included. Below is Attorney Charles Boyk’s statement regarding his opinions of the Executive Summary and the facts that he believes should have been included in the summary.
“I believe, in my professional opinion, that the Executive Summary did not disclose certain facts that would be considered relevant in light of the situation. Below are the facts that I believe should have been included in the report:
- New finding: Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), recognized as one of the most dangerous carcinogens, were found at the grist mill on a more recent date than those PCBs found at the Whirlpool Park basketball court. These PCBs were found in levels well above what the United States Environmental Protection Agency deems acceptable. Whirlpool tries to gloss over the findings of PCBs at the grist mill by referring to the PCBs at the basketball court having been earlier discovered. PCB production was banned by the United States Congress in 1979, due to its extreme toxicity.
- New finding: PCBs were found below the floor of the Whirlpool park swimming pool.
- Benzo(a)pyrene was found at Whirlpool Park at a level eighty-six times the EPA-accepted level for what is considered safe for residential areas. Benzo(a)pyrene is known to cause cancer in humans, skin disorders in humans and animals and causes harmful developmental and reproductive side effects. http://www.epa.gov/pbt/pubs/benzo.htm
- Benzo(a)anthracene was found at Whirlpool Park at a level twelve times the EPA-accepted level. Benzo(a)anthracene is known to cause an increased level of several forms of cancer, including childhood cancer. http://www.epa.gov/teach/chem_summ/BaP_summary.pdf
The victims alleged in their lawsuit (Case number 3:13-cv-01092, filed in United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio) that Benzo(a)pyrene and Benzo(a)anthracene were two of the causes of the Clyde Cancer Cluster and that the carcinogen has been found at other Whirlpool dumping sites in Eastern Sandusky County. The Whirlpool Park findings of Benzo(a)pyrene and Benzo(a)anthracene are consistent with those found at the Whirlpool dump sites.
- Benzo(b)flouranthene was found at Whirlpool Park at a level over nine times the EPA-accepted level. Benzo(b)flouranthene is known to cause an increased level of several forms of cancer.http://www.epa.gov/iris/subst/0453.htm
- Indeno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene was found at Whirlpool Park at a level over three times the EPA-accepted level. Indeno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene is a suspected human carcinogen. http://www.epa.gov/iris/subst/0453.htm"