EPA Head goes back on promise to Clyde Cancer Cluster families

Published: Jan. 16, 2013 at 5:43 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 16, 2013 at 6:38 PM EST
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EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

(WOIO) - New developments in the Clyde Cancer Cluster that's killing children in Sandusky County.

Two years ago, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson promised to meet with the families of seven dead kids who are part of the Clyde Cancer Cluster.

Now, it appears she never had any intention of keeping that promise and is resigning. [Read the entire letter HERE]

Parents sent Jackson a letter last month asking her to keep her promise and meet with them.

Reporter Scott Taylor tracked down Jackson in June of 2011 in North Olmsted. He discovered she had never heard of the cluster in Sandusky County even though it was identified as an official cluster in 2006.

Seven dead kids and more than 30 sick with cancer, but the head of the Federal EPA wasn't aware of it.

Taylor asked her to come to Clyde and meet with parents. She tried to dodge the question, so he asked again.

"Would you be willing to meet with the parents of these kids?" Taylor asked.

"We certainly will have a representative from the EPA meet with these parents. Absolutely," Jackson replied.

"But would you meet with them?" Taylor pressed.

"Yes, but I think it would be great if they met with one of our employees," Jackson said.

"They have tried. They have gone to D.C. two or three times," Taylor said.

"OK, then I am happy to meet with them," Jackson said.

Jackson - who just resigned - does not mention in the letter about meeting with any parents. In fact, she had somebody else write it.

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