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EPA Air Rules to Clamp Down on Medical Sterilizer Plants (1)

May 30, 2019, 5:01 PMUpdated: May 30, 2019, 11:49 PM

The EPA will issue a proposed rule as early as June rewriting the agency’s existing rule on commercial sterilizers in the wake of two risk assessments that concluded an Illinois-based Sterigenics U.S. LLC facility is the source of elevated ethylene oxide emissions, the agency’s top air official said.

A separate cancer study also reported elevated breast cancer risks near the Willowbrook, Ill., facility, which sterilizes medical equipment.

Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator Bill Wehrum said at a May 29 public meeting in Burr Ridge, Ill. that emissions at the facility require additional regulatory action.

“There are very high ...

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