Whirlpool Corp, winner of the DOE and EPA ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 might be involved in a hazardous waste plume of PCB’s and other toxic sludge at the closed Whirlpool Park in Clyde, OH. Clyde is the center of a cancer cluster. Whirlpool Park was a park, playground and pool designed for families and children of Whirlpool employees as well as the families of Clyde. The property has since its closure in 2008, been broken up and sold off for development.
Channel 13, ABC reported: ""From the time we purchased the property it was a park. It was a park when we purchased it, until we sold it," says Jeff Noel of Whirlpool Corporation. "So our records show it was a park."
Whirlpool bought the park in the 1950’s.
Was Whirlpool involved?
Circumstantial evidence is as follows:
- PCBs first went into large scale manufacture in 1927. Therefore in the 25 years since first large scale manufacture (in Alabama), it is unlikely another facility existed at the Park before Whirlpool bought the location. Not enough time to build a facility, remove it, and turn it into a park before Whirlpool showed up.
- It is possible that Whirlpool, or another company, dumped their liquid wastes at the Park.
- Would it be more likely to be Whirlpool, which owned the land, or a second company which did not own the land.
When a wife is killed, they look at the obvious first, the husband of course.
In that vein we should all be looking very very closely here at Whirlpool. In the era of the Times Beach, MO disaster, it would not be far fetched to unload ones dirty laundry in that pit at the park.
January 15, 2013: Whirlpool is seeking to ban drinking water drilling at a second closed refrigerator facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas. "Arkansas Business" reports that Whirlpool spilled an industrial solvent on the ground in the 1980’s. The solvent is a known carcinogen.