Bloomberg Law
March 27, 2020, 7:17 PM

White House, Georgia County Clash on Medical Sterilization Order

Amena H. Saiyid
Amena H. Saiyid
Chris Marr
Chris Marr
Staff Correspondent

A Georgia county is standing firm against Washington in limiting how a medical sterilization company can use the carcinogen ethylene oxide, and for how long, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cobb County earlier in the week allowed Sterigenics U.S. LLC to sterilize only personal protective gear likes masks, gloves, and gowns to ward off Covid-19, the disease caused the novel coronavirus. It also placed a 21-day limit on how long Sterigenics could stay open. The company’s plant had been shut since August.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) wasn’t happy. It wanted the plant ...

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