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Review Can Wait on Failure to Check Sterilizing Plants: EPA Head (1)

Jan. 16, 2019, 6:07 PMUpdated: Jan. 16, 2019, 8:28 PM

The EPA Region 5’s order to halt inspections of facilities emitting carcinogenic ethylene oxide in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin doesn’t yet warrant an inspector general investigation, the agency’s top official said Jan. 16.

“This is news to me,” acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said during his Jan. 16 confirmation hearing to lead the agency on a permanent basis.

He told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that he wanted to consult with his staff to see if the claims made about the lack of investigations, and Region 5’s orders were true before deciding whether to ...

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