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Sterigenics Plant to Stay Shuttered After Judge Tosses Lawsuit (1)

May 6, 2019, 4:03 PMUpdated: May 6, 2019, 11:28 PM

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Sterigenics U.S. LLC that challenged the Illinois EPA’s order effectively shutting down the company’s Willowbrook, Ill., medical-sterilization facility.

The order means, at least for now, the Sterigenics plant will remain closed.

On May 3, Chief Judge Ruben Castillo dismissed the Feb. 18 lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, which alleged the state Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its authority and deprived the company of due process. The state had ordered Sterigenics to seal all storage containers of ethylene oxide at its Willowbrook plant, which...

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