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Illinois Cities Consider Eminent Domain to Stop Sterigenics (2)

Aug. 9, 2019, 8:01 PMUpdated: Aug. 9, 2019, 10:01 PM

Illinois communities are contemplating using eminent domain to block the reopening of a Sterigenics U.S. LLC medical-device sterilization facility that emits harmful gases.

The mayors of Burr Ridge, Darien, Hinsdale, and Willowbrook are scheduled to meet late Aug. 9 to develop strategies to keep closed the Sterigenics facility, which emits ethylene oxide. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency ordered the Sterigenics facility shut down in February over concerns about its emissions.

The mayors will discuss what to do if they conclude federal agencies, the Illinois EPA, and Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul (D) aren’t acting...

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