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EPA Delayed Disclosing Ethylene Oxide Risks, Watchdog Finds (1)

April 15, 2021, 8:38 PM; Updated: April 16, 2021, 5:49 PM

The EPA “delayed informing” communities in Illinois about health risks associated with a carcinogenic chemical in 2018, which affected regional officials’ ability to address emissions, the agency’s internal watchdog said Thursday.

The EPA under the Trump administration stalled communication of ethylene oxide emission risks for multiple facilities, according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General.

Officials failed to warn Willowbrook, Ill. community members of elevated lifetime risks to ethylene oxide revealed in the EPA’s short-term monitoring of Sterigenics’ now-closed nearby medical sterilization facility in 2018. The agency also failed to hold public meetings on...

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