Sterigenics Told to Halt Georgia Ethylene Oxide Emissions Upgrade

Oct. 2, 2019, 1:59 PM

Medical supply sterilizer Sterigenics was told to keep its Atlanta-area facility closed for now, and to halt work on emissions-control upgrades while local building and fire officials consider new safety requirements for the building.

The company—like other medical sterilizers including Becton, Dickinson & Co.—remains under scrutiny over the potential health effects related to its ethylene oxide emissions, which have been linked to elevated cancer risk. But shutdowns of some sterilization facilities have also prompted shortages in medical devices that can’t be properly cleaned.

An Oct. 1 letter telling Sterigenics to halt renovations at its Smyrna, Ga., facility came a ...

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