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Georgians Accuse Ethylene Oxide Emitter of Being ‘Silent Killer’

Feb. 9, 2021, 10:58 PM

Georgia residents lambasted a sterilization plant in an Atlanta suburb over its emissions of a carcinogenic gas used to clean medical equipment during a public hearing Tuesday on draft plans to grant an air quality permit.

The first of the two-part hearing by Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division aimed to collect comments on a more stringent proposed permit that would add extra emissions control measures to a contested Sterigenics U.S. LLC plant in Cobb County, Ga.

The facility, which sterilizes medical equipment such as protective gear and catheters, was shut down in 2019 for its use of ethylene oxide. The Cobb ...

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