Johnson County Childhood Cancer - 13 Investigates

13 Investigates

Desperate for Answers: Testing for Toxins

In the small industrial city of Franklin, Indiana, as many as 50 children have been diagnosed with blood, bone and rare brain cancers.

13 Investigates first made the alarming link between high pediatric cancer rates and the city of Franklin in 2015, after a group of desperate mothers came forward questioning why their children were getting sick and dying.

13 Investigates discovered at that time contamination had forced the shutdown of the city’s well field.

Additional contaminated sites were also identified.

Since 2015, mothers behind the not-for-profit "If It Was Your Child" and 13 Investigates have worked to keep the plight of these children in the forefront.

It wasn't until the summer of 2018 when 13 Investigates broke the story about toxic vapors detected in several Franklin homes that federal, state and local government agencies finally took real action.

It started when the Edison Wetlands Association (EWA), a not-for-profit organization out of New Jersey conducted an initial round of vapor testing in Franklin.

Desperate for Answers: Testing for Toxins takes you inside the contamination crisis and shows you how federal, state and local government agencies are responding, and where there's a need for more action.

It's the first time a serious coordinated investigation is taking place that is providing answers to the families of sick children in Johnson County, and more specifically - Franklin.

Office of Inspector General in Washington asked to oversee Franklin investigation

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A high profile environmental group said the EPA has failed to take proper and timely action to safeguard human health and the environment.Read more

Senator Donnelly calls on governor to push for EPA takeover in Franklin

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Senator Joe Donnelly and moms from Johnson County want the EPA to take over the investigation and cleanup of contamination in Franklin.Read more

Homeowners concerned over discovery of more migrating toxins in Franklin

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Major findings on Forsythe Street in Franklin where cancer causing chemicals are showing up in the groundwater and soil along sewer lines. 13 Investigates looks at what...Read more


Sen. Donnelly calls for federal takeover of investigation and cleanup of toxins in Johnson County

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Senator Joe Donnelly is calling on the U.S. EPA to take over the entire investigation and cleanup of toxic chemicals in Johnson County after 13 Investigates discovered...Read more

Report: State and Franklin city officials knew toxins were migrating into neighborhood in 2013

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New questions are being raised about the lack of action taken by federal, state and Franklin city officials in 2013 after discovering cancer-causing chemicals leaching...Read more

Johnson Co. residents turn out for meeting on Franklin environment testing

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A few dozen people, desperate for answers about why children in Johnson County have been diagnosed and died from all types of cancers for the past 10 years, came out to...Read more

Evidence of hazardous toxins discovered at former Franklin plant; Former worker breaks silence

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The Indiana Department of Environmental Management confirms the discovery of toxic contamination in the soil and groundwater at the Former Franklin Power Products site...Read more

New Jersey environmentalists return to Franklin for more testing

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Environmentalists from the Edison Wetlands Association in New Jersey are back in Indiana to test homes for vapor intrusion.Read more

Trump signs off on $1 million spending to implement Trevor's Law

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One million dollars in federal funding will now help communities investigate suspected cancer clusters.Read more


Astounding levels of cancer-causing chemicals discovered in Franklin neighborhood sewers

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13 investigates has obtained test results showing contamination in sewers in one a Franklin neighborhood at astounding levels.Read more

New test results raise new questions about Franklin's air and water

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There is new information in Franklin’s ongoing effort to determine whether hazardous industrial chemicals are seeping into the water supply and homes, threatening the...Read more