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Sterigenics Head Met Repeatedly With EPA Over Toxic Carcinogen

March 4, 2019, 9:29 PM

The head of Illinois medical sterilizer Sterigenics U.S. LLC has had at least half a dozen conversations with the EPA’s top air official, as the agency considers tougher standards for ethylene oxide, a carcinogenic chemical.

Sterigenics has been in the crosshairs of the public and Illinois lawmakers, who have been urging the Environmental Protection Agency to crack down on its facility near Chicago for allegedly releasing too much ethylene oxide.

Sterigenics President Phil Macnabb has had seven phone conversations and at least two in-person meetings with Bill Wehrum, the EPA’s assistant administrator for air and radiation,...

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