The City of Franklin wants to speed up testing for cancer-causing chemicals. The city announced Tuesday it's hired the same company that tested two Franklin elementary schools, EnviroForensics, to collect samples at some homes next to the old Amphenol industrial site.
Some residents think contamination from the site could be responsible for rare blood and brain cancers in the area. The Environmental Protection Agency is already collecting samples in the same area.
In a statement, Franklin Mayor Steve Barnett says hiring the firm ensures that residents’ minds are put at ease as soon as possible. Barnett also said the city was pleased with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's work. We could not reach Mayor Barnett for an interview.
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