Tighter Ethylene Oxide Emissions Controls Clear Illinois House


A bill widening the scope of ethylene oxide testing the requiring yearly testing of all ventilation points pass the Illinois House in response to emissions of the toxic chemical from the Sterigenics plant in suburban Willowbrook, which was shut down in February by state officials.

The bill stipulates that in counties with at least 50,000 residents, similar companies would be prohibited from placing from placing facilities within 10 miles of schools or parks. Counties with fewer than 50,000 residents would require a 15-mile buffer.

Senate Bill 1852 pass the House on Friday and will return to the Senate for a vote on changes made to the House version.

"The amount of illness, sickness, cancer, tumors is of a nature I've never seen or experienced in my life," said House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, a Western Springs resident and the lead sponsor of the bill.

"As a resident and father in that region, I do not want Sterigenics to open their doors again."

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What is Ethylene Oxide?

Tighter Ethylene Oxide Emissions Controls Clear Illinois HouseEthylene oxide has been used for decades as a highly effective fumigant which has been known to mutate DNA and trigger neurological problems since the 1940s. The chemical was put on the federal list of carcinogens in 1985, and in 2016 the EPA released a reassessment linking it more conclusively to such diseases as:

  • Breast cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphomas

The scientific community has concurred with EPA researchers who concluded that ethylene oxide is far more dangerous than previously thought. Long-term exposure to even the smallest concentrations increases the chance a person will develop cancer, the EPA has concluded.

Filing an Ethylene Oxide Lawsuit

Residents of the Willowbrook area who suspect they may be suffering with health issues related to exposure to ethylene oxide may be entitled to file a claim seeking recovery from damages including:

  • Current and future medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of future income
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

For complete information, call the respected personal injury law offices of Cooney & Conway toll free at 800-322-5573 to speak with an experienced legal professional. You can also CLICK HERE or fill out the free consultation contact information form located on this page to have all your questions answered.