Soil and water tests beginning in May will shed light on chemical contaminants found in Green Springs, Ohio, according to the Associated Press. Appliance maker Whirlpool, which owns a facility in the town, will pay for more than 300 samples.
The sampling comes after an initial assessment from the EPA indicated elevated levels of PCBs, a group of chemicals that may be linked to cancer near a site once owned by Whirlpool. While it’s unclear if the chemicals are a carcinogen, 40 area residents have been diagnosed with cancer since the mid-1990s.
Many of those diagnoses came in a four-year period, 2002 to 2006, which led Ohio health authorities to declare the area a cancer cluster.