Sterigenics Sues Illinois Over Shutdown Order

Feb. 19, 2019, 6:27 PM

Sterigenics U.S. LLC sued the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for effectively shutting down the company’s facility over toxic air pollution.

In a complaint filed Feb. 18, Sterigenics called it an “extra-legal” maneuver that on Feb. 15 the state effectively halted operations at its facility in Willowbrook, Ill. for allegedly releasing too much ethylene oxide, a potential carcinogen.

The lawsuit comes after a push by residents, state officials, and congressional Democrats to shut down the plant because of what they claim is a public health and environmental danger.

By law, the Illinois EPA can step in if there is an ...

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