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Becton Dickinson to Close Warehouse to Address Chemical Leaks

Dec. 20, 2019, 11:08 PM

Becton Dickinson & Co. agreed to temporarily close a warehouse storing sterilized medical equipment until it installs air pollution controls to curb leaks of cancer-causing ethylene oxide, Georgia officials announced Dec. 20.

Between Dec. 23 and Jan. 6, the firm said its warehouse in Covington, Ga., about 35 miles east of Atlanta, will stop receiving medical equipment that has been sterilized using ethylene oxide, a toxic, colorless, and odorless gas.

Under this agreement, Becton also will conduct air monitoring inside and outside the warehouse boundaries as well as at the nearest residential neighborhood and school.

The company’s action comes...

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