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A bill widening the scope of ethylene oxide testing requiring yearly testing of all ventilation points passes 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…

Danger sign, contains asbestos fibers

Internal memos from Environmental Protection Agency scientists and lawyers recommending an outright ban of asbestos in the United States were disregarded by E.P.A. senior officials, The New York Times reports. A rule instituted in April…

Cyclists in front of Stergenics

A new federal report shows that the air quality in Willowbrook and nearby suburbs has improved dramatically since Sterigenics was banned from using ethylene oxide in their Willowbrook plant, reports the Chicago Tribune. Concentrations of the…

Asbestos concept

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a new asbestos regulation designed to close loopholes in a 30-year-old law that was preventing the agency from restricting the sale of certain products containing the deadly mineral. Public health advocacy groups say the new…

Sterigenics front of building

Efforts to protect the public from emissions of the toxic chemical ethylene oxide from plants like Sterigenics in suburban Willowbrook made a significant step forward. A bill that sets standards for the monitoring and enforcement of emissions…

Sterigenics aerial view

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been working to prevent a potential shortage of medical devices after the shutdown of sterilization plants in Willowbrook, Ill., and Michigan. The Sterigenics plant located in the western suburbs of…

Protestors outside of Sterigenics factory

A community group from Willowbrook, Illinois, boarded buses and headed to Springfield to take their fight against the Sterigenics facility to state legislators. The medical equipment sterilization company has been temporarily shut down after air monitors detected high levels of the cancer-…

Sterigenics, front of building

A former forklift driver at the Sterigenics facility in Willowbrook is claiming that he observed leaks of the cancer-causing chemical ethylene oxide and was asked to hose down the residue from the leaks after equipment was treated with the carcinogenic gas.

“They just figured we would…

Sterigenics, building front

Air monitors near the Sterigenics facility in suburban Willowbrook have detected the highest levels of ethylene oxide since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began testing for the cancer-causing chemical.

The Illinois EPA ordered the facility that sterilizes medical instruments to…

Danger, Ethylene Oxide sign

Sterigenics has been banned by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency from using ethylene oxide at its sterilization plant in suburban Willowbrook. The move comes in response to community protests after federal authorities told residents they did not have enough evidence to stop the…