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Georgia Touts Voluntary Ethylene Oxide Cuts As Most Effective (1)

Aug. 20, 2019, 5:27 PMUpdated: Aug. 20, 2019, 6:45 PM

Voluntary pollution controls are the “quickest and most effective way” for companies to reduce air pollution caused by cancer-causing ethylene oxide, Georgia’s top environmental official told a packed audience of citizens and elected officials in a small town outside Atlanta.

Richard E. Dunn, director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, was referring to an Aug. 7 agreement state officials reached with Sterigenics US LLC to voluntarily install controls to minimize emissions leaks of ethylene oxide from the company’s medical sterilizer plant in Smyrna, Ga. Dunn, who spoke at an Aug. 19 community meeting, said he ...