Sterigenics plant in Willowbrook to stay closed until at least September

Sterigenics plant in Willowbrook to stay closed until at least September

July 30, 2019

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.

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10 States, DC, Sue EPA for Stricter Asbestos Regulations

10 States, DC, Sue EPA for Stricter Asbestos Regulations

July 2, 2019

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.

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Claire’s, Beauty Plus asbestos recalls prompt makeup regulation questions

Claire’s, Beauty Plus asbestos recalls prompt makeup regulation questions

July 1, 2019

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.

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Willowbrook Celebrates Signing Of 'Matt Haller Act'

Willowbrook Celebrates Signing Of 'Matt Haller Act' To Keep Sterigenics From Reopening

June 25, 2019

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.

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Gov. Pritzker Signs Law Cracking Down on Ethylene Oxide Emissions, Lake County Results Released

Gov. Pritzker Signs Law Cracking Down on Ethylene Oxide Emissions, Lake County Results Released

June 24, 2019

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 plant

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FDA: Asbestos Found in Cosmetics in Clair’s Stores, Beauty Plus Global

FDA: Asbestos Found in Cosmetics in Claire’s Stores, Beauty Plus Global

June 10, 2019

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.

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EPA: Residents within 1.5 miles of Willowbrook Sterigenics plant had up to 10 times higher risk of cancer

EPA: Residents within 1.5 miles of Willowbrook Sterigenics plant had up to 10 times higher risk of cancer

June 3, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has concluded that residents living within a mile and a half of the Sterigenics plant in suburban Willowbrook had 10 times the risk of cancer than the agency deems acceptable.

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Asbestos Removal Delays Aurora Hotel Demolitions

Asbestos Removal Delays Aurora Hotel Demolitions

May 29, 2019

The planned demolition of two hotels in suburban Aurora have been delayed while city officials seek to re-bid the contract to remove asbestos from the building before tearing them down.

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Tighter Ethylene Oxide Emissions Controls Clear Illinois House

Tighter Ethylene Oxide Emissions Controls Clear Illinois House

May 28, 2019

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.

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NYT: Memos Advising Asbestos Ban Disregarded by E.P.A. Leaders

NYT: Memos Advising Asbestos Ban Disregarded by E.P.A. Leaders

May 9, 2019

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.

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