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Illinois Officials Push Controls of Medical Equipment Sterilizer

May 24, 2019, 7:46 PMUpdated: May 24, 2019, 10:08 PM

Illinois state legislators and regulators are seeking stricter emission controls on ethylene oxide, a sterilizer used on medical equipment and a known health hazard.

State Sen. Melinda Bush (D) said regulations and legislation are needed to deal with ethylene oxide emissions in Illinois. Bush added she is confident a bill approved by the state House May 24 focused on companies using ethylene oxide to sterilize medical equipment will be approved by the state Senate and ultimataely signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D).

The legislation is a response to concerns that emissions of the chemical are harming public...

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