An EPA report released Tuesday indicates that Whirlpool Park, an area built for children to play in the Clyde, Ohio area, was a dumping ground for PCBs and a sludge filled with toxic metals.
The federal agency undertook the study after numerous families living in the area dubbed the "Clyde Cancer Cluster" have been sickened and died from cancer.
Attorneys for the victims say the Whirlpool Corporation did not disclose the information found in the EPA report.
"Obviously, it is upsetting to learn that such significant amounts of poison sludge are dumped anywhere," said attorney Alan Mortensen in a television news report. "But to either dump it in proximity or cover it over with a children's park and a swimming pool filled with water coming from the very spot where the dumping occurred is an outrage."