Sterigenics plant in Willowbrook to stay closed until at least September

Sterigenics front of building, front door

The Sterigenics medical device sterilization plant in suburban Willowbrook whose doors were shut in February amid concerns over emissions of the toxic chemical ethylene oxide will remain closed until at least September 6.

A judge ruled against a controversial tentative deal struck between the State of Illinois and Sterigenics to reopen its doors after it installs new equipment to drastically reduce the levels of ethylene oxide emitted from the plant. The deal was reached without community support or knowledge.

The judge also said that the public has the right to intervene in the matter. Several nearby towns will file a brief by August 30. Sterigenics will then have one week to respond.


What is Ethylene Oxide?

On the federal government’s list of carcinogens since 1985, ethylene oxide is a highly reactive chemical effective for use as a sterilant for wide range of industrial applications. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), chronic exposure to ethylene oxide has been associated with the occurrence of many diseases and conditions, including:

  • Birth defects
  • Hodgkin’s Disease
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Stomach, breast and pancreatic cancer

Filing an Ethylene Oxide Lawsuit

Residents of Willowbrook or the immediate surrounding communities suffering with health issues related to ethylene oxide exposure from the Willowbrook Sterigenics’ facility may be entitled to recover damages for current and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

If you or a loved one have been impacted, call the respected personal injury law offices of Cooney & Conway toll free at 800-322-5573 for a free case evaluation with an experienced legal professional. You can also CLICK HERE or fill out the contact information form located on this page to have all your questions answered.