Illinois Sues to Force Plant to Limit Toxic Emissions or Close

Oct. 30, 2018, 11:30 PM

An Illinois company that sterilizes medical equipment and other products could be shut down if it can’t limit its emissions of the chemical ethylene oxide, which is toxic to humans.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) and DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin (R) filed a complaint Oct. 30 asking the DuPage County Circuit Court to ban all emissions of the chemical—essentially shutting down the plant—if it concludes no level of ethylene oxide emissions are safe.

The complaint alleges Sterigenics U.S. LLC continues to pose an unreasonable and substantial risk to public health and the environment ...

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