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Illinois Officials Seek Limits, Laws on Medical-Equipment Sterilizing Chemical (1)

Nov. 14, 2018, 8:51 PMUpdated: Nov. 15, 2018, 12:56 AM

Illinois lawmakers intend to introduce legislation that would change federal and state laws to control a medical equipment-sterilizing chemical.

State lawmakers held a Nov. 14 hearing in Springfield, Ill., over health concerns at a Sterigenics U.S. LLC facility, citing emissions of ethylene oxide. Later in the day Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler met on Capitol Hill with four members of the state’s congressional delegation to discuss the matter.

The company uses the chemical as a medical sterilizer at its plant in Willowbrook, west of Chicago. The state legislation under consideration would regulate and eventually ban the ...

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