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Whirlpool in Clyde
Whirlpool Corporation has been part of the fabric of the Clyde community for over 60 years. We have over 3,000 people going to work with us every day in Clyde. We live here, too, and we are also very eager to learn as much as we can about the health questions that are being raised.
We are pleased that our 3,000 employees and the members of the Clyde community now have the facts about the situation at the former Whirlpool Park and are hopeful that it will give them peace of mind. As part of our commitment to share important information and new developments with the people of Clyde, we have established this website to keep you periodically informed of ongoing developments.
UPDATE: Federal Court Dismisses Most Allegations in Lawsuit Against Whirlpool
On February 10, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio issued a ruling on Whirlpool’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit against the company brought by some Clyde area-residents. In the ruling, the Court dismissed 15 of the 17 counts in the plaintiffs’ complaint, including all allegations related to property damages, reckless conduct, fraud, trespass, continuing nuisance, strict liability, and punitive damages. The Court also denied the plaintiff attorneys’ request to initiate a class action on behalf of property owners in the area.
The Court allowed two claims to survive this first round in the litigation, but recognized that several government agencies have published reports that “call into question a fair number of plaintiffs’ allegations.” Whirlpool will continue to vigorously defend against these baseless claims by the plaintiff attorneys.
The Court’s full ruling on the Motion to Dismiss is available here.
Whirlpool Park Test Results: No Health Risk and No Evidence of Illegal Dumping
An environmental site assessment was conducted under the supervision of the U.S. EPA at the former Whirlpool Park in 2013.
No PCBs or other man-made chemicals were detected in the groundwater samples. Soil samples containing PCBs above U.S. EPA residential standards were found only in limited areas comprised of fill material near the basketball court and former grist mill, which is consistent with the prior sampling by the U.S. EPA in the area of the basketball court. Only a few other compounds were found to be at or slightly above U.S. EPA residential screening levels. The low levels of PCBs and metals found in the sampling were at concentrations that pose no health risk and are not unexpected for fill dirt used in the 1950s and 1960s, when major improvements were made in the park.
Using the site assessment as a scientific basis, Whirlpool is working with the U.S. EPA, the Ohio EPA and the property owner on the development and implementation of next steps.
A summary of the report detailing the testing is available here, a graphic showing the location of the samples that were taken and the results is available here, and the full report and data submitted to the U.S. EPA is available here.
About the Lawsuits
We empathize with the families who have suffered illnesses or deaths of their loved ones. The allegations made by the plaintiff attorneys in the lawsuits that have been filed, however, are not supported by scientific or medical evidence. There is no scientific or medical evidence linking the reported health issues with any of Whirlpool’s operations at the Clyde plant or the limited and contained amounts of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) found at the former Whirlpool Park.
One of the lawsuits against the company was voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiffs in the fall of 2013.
In the remaining lawsuit, the legal process is continuing to move forward following the Judge’s decision on Whirlpool’s Motion to Dismiss (discussed in detail above). In that ruling, the Court dismissed 15 of the 17 counts in the plaintiffs’ complaint, and denied the plaintiff attorneys’ request to initiate a class action on behalf of property owners in the area. The Court’s decision to allow the two claims to continue is not a ruling on the underlying merits of those issues.
On behalf of our 3,000 employees in the Clyde area, Whirlpool will continue to vigorously defend against these baseless claims by the plaintiff attorneys.