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Lime sludge testing at Clyde Water Treatment Plant

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There are new details in the Clyde Childhood Cancer Cluster.

Families of sick kids in the small community are taking action to test the water quality.

Clyde is located in Sandusky County, 40 miles southeast of Toledo.

The attorney representing several families who have been looking for answers for years sent a letter to the mayor of Clyde last week asking to test the lime that is annually removed from the water treatment plant.

They're looking to find possible carcinogens in what the lime filters out of the water system.    

Behind the water treatment facility in Clyde are three lime sludge pits. If you look close, you can see the lime build-up.  Lime isn't a carcinogen, but it is used in the water treatment process to balance the PH.

In a letter to the mayor, the attorney representing families who have lost kids to cancer requests, "our environmental team of experts be allowed to take a sample of the sludge to do detailed testing and determine whether the sludge holds any clues as to what is causing this horrible disease to Clyde's children." Alan Mortensen is the attorney.

The Clyde City Manager Paul Fiser says the city will work with the families.

"Test away," says Fiser. "We've allowed water and air testing in town. I've got a daughter living here, plus me. I don't see any problems. I don't know what the answer is. I don't know if we'll ever find it."

Fiser says he has no concerns about anything being found in the lime sludge. He says the raw water is tested in the reservoir and the finished water is tested when it leaves the plant.

"I don't see how something could happen between those two processes that would create anything in the lime," says Fiser. "Every water treatment plant in the world has a similar process."

Lime will be removed in the spring.

The families will pay for the testing and provide the city with their own split sample to run in its own lab.

At least 37 children within a 12-mile radius in the Eastern Sandusky County area have been diagnosed with some form of cancer in the past 17 years.

In a few months, deep soil testing will begin at the old Whirlpool Park in Green Springs.  That's because samples taken last year by the US EPA found high levels of PCB's and other toxic chemicals.

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