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`Elevated Cancer Risk’ at Sterigenics Illinois Facility: State Regulators

Oct. 2, 2018, 6:04 PM

The Illinois EPA began an enforcement action against Sterigenics based on findings by the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry regarding emissions of ethylene oxide.

The ATSDR’s Aug. 21 report found an “elevated cancer risk” among residents and off-site workers in the Willowbrook community around the Sterigenics facility.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is seeking an order enjoining Sterigenics from continuing any operations that result in such emissions.

Sterigenics primarily uses ethylene oxide to sterilize medical equipment.

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