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Hidden Sterigenics Chemical Cancer Assessment Worries Democrats (1)

Jan. 29, 2019, 9:10 PMUpdated: Jan. 29, 2019, 9:19 PM

The EPA’s latest assessment of a carcinogenic medical sterilizer causing concerns outside Chicago is tucked in an unrelated agency rule, which could keep people affected by the chemical from commenting on it, Illinois lawmakers warned.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s latest ethylene oxide assessment, which found that the substance is at least 50 to 60 times more carcinogenic than previously thought, was included in its proposal to keep toxic air pollution standards for facilities producing hydrochloric acid.

The Democrats accused acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a Jan. 29 letter of hiding the latest cancer assessment in the...

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