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Illinois EPA Blocks Sterigenics’ Use of Toxic Gas (1)

Feb. 16, 2019, 2:15 AMUpdated: Feb. 17, 2019, 1:57 AM

An Illinois medical sterilization plant must stop using a toxic chemical, the state’s Environmental Protection Agency ordered.

The seal order, announced late Feb. 15, prohibits the Willowbrook, Ill.-based Sterigenics U.S. LLC facility from using ethylene oxide for any purpose, which could essentially shut down the plant.

The move is a win for state and federal lawmakers, who for months pressed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state officials to monitor emissions at the plant.

The federal EPA’s own data showed ethylene oxide emissions more than doubled on some monitoring days in December compared with earlier monitoring results.

But U.S. Rep. ...

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