WASHINGTON (WTOL) - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown wrote the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday asking for more help with the Sandusky County cancer cluster.
Specifically, Brown asked for increased federal funding to the Ohio EPA, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), and the Sandusky County Health Department (SCHD).
"The children and families of Clyde deserve answers," Brown said. "Ohio's state agencies have worked in earnest to determine the cause of the high-rates of childhood cancer in Clyde, but more needs to be done to support their efforts. Increased resources, that only the federal government can provide, should be utilized in order to determine what is going on in and around Clyde – we must do everything within our power to figure out why so many children are being diagnosed with cancer in this area."
Brown stated at least 37 children have been diagnosed with cancer in a 12-mile radius since 1996.
Additionally, he stated the Ohio EPA, ODH, and SCHD have worked in cooperation to determine the cause for high rates of childhood cancer in Clyde— by meeting with families of children affected by cancer, analyzing environmental conditions in the region, conducting air monitoring throughout the region, evaluating drinking water quality, evaluating area companies' compliance with environmental laws, and scouring existing information looking for unusual environmental conditions in the region. Despite these considerable efforts, no cause has been determined.