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Toxic Sterigenics Pollution Prompts Democratic Oversight Bills

Feb. 13, 2019, 5:49 PM

Elevated carcinogenic air pollution from an Illinois medical sterilizer prompted the state’s U.S. senators to introduce bills demanding the EPA set tougher new emissions standards and disclose when it detects elevated health risks.

The legislation is a response to what the Democrats say is the Environmental Protection Agency’s mishandling of the discovery of ethylene oxide emissions at a Willowbrook, Ill., facility operated by Sterigenics U.S. LLC.

The legislators Feb. 13 also called on the EPA to open a criminal investigation into allegations of misconduct alleged by former Sterigenics employees and for an independent contractor to monitor ...