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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…

Asbestos in the roof

Ten states in the U.S. and Washington, DC, have sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to tighten oversight rules on the use of asbestos and reduce its risk to the public. The EPA has previously denied a petition by the states to…

Sterigenics front of building

The Willowbrook medical device sterilization plant that shut down operations after being banned from using a cancer-causing chemical is seeking to reopen the facility, vowing to significantly reduce the emissions of ethylene oxide. Sterigenics…

Young women applying makeup

The full extent of the contamination of cancer-causing material like asbestos in cosmetics is unknown by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration and health advocates are alarmed that laws do not exist requiring the testing of makeup and other beauty industry products. Concern was elevated with the…

Front view of a law building, government

Residents and officials in suburban Willowbrook are breathing a little easier after the signing of the so-called “Matt Haller Act” into law, which they hope will keep the Sterigenics sterilization facility from re-opening. The law enacts the nation’s…

Protestors outside of Sterigenics factory

Governor JB Pritzker signed into law the nation’s strictest limits on the emission of the cancer-causing chemical ethylene oxide after an investigation into the relationship between emissions from Sterigenics medical device sterilization…

Ethylene Oxide

Lake County (Ill.) Health Department officials are in the process of measuring levels of ethylene oxide near companies in the northern suburbs. The cancer-causing chemical is used for the sterilization of equipment by Medline Industries in Gurnee and Vantage Specialty Chemicals in Waukegan.…

Claire's storefront

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid using cosmetics sold by Claire’s Stores and Beauty Plus Global after the agency found makeup products containing asbestos, a cancer-causing material for which there is no safe level of exposure.

Products that tested…

Sterigenics front of building

Map of Willowbrook

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has concluded that residents living within a mile and a half of…

Doctor examining x-ray of mesothelioma patient

For the first time in 15 years, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new treatment for mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer that has been proven to be caused by exposure to asbestos. The NovoTTF-100L…