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Halted Inspections at Sterigenics Plant Need EPA Probe: Senators

Jan. 18, 2019, 8:23 PM

The EPA’s inspector general needs to probe whether political appointees at the agency ordered staff not to inspect potentially carcinogenic air pollution from a Willowbrook, Ill., medical sterilization facility, Senate Democrats said.

The request comes just days after senators asked Andrew Wheeler, the nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, about emissions of ethylene oxide during his confirmation hearing.

Wheeler said at the hearing that an inspector general investigation isn’t yet necessary and that he would prefer to first consult with agency staff about the lack of investigations.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) said she received...

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