Sterigenics Tries New Venue to Reopen Sterilization Plant (1)

May 7, 2019, 10:17 PM; Updated: May 7, 2019, 10:50 PM

Sterigenics U.S. LLC is trying to win in state court what it couldn’t in federal court: an order allowing it to reopen its Willowbrook, Ill., sterilization facility.

The company filed May 6 in DuPage County, Ill., Circuit Court a 496-page complaint alleging the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency acted improperly when it issued Feb. 15 an order effectively shutting down the company’s Willowbrook plant, which sterilizes large pallets of medical equipment using ethylene oxide.

Two federal agencies have concluded ethylene oxide emissions present health hazards, and community ...

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