Sterigenics proposes tighter controls on cancer-causing gas

Sterigenics proposes tighter controls on cancer-causing gas

July 1, 2019

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 filed a proposal last week with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) saying it would install a pollution control system to prevent nearly all of the ethylene oxide it uses from emitting into area communities

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Ethylene Oxide Levels Being Measured in Lake County

Ethylene Oxide Levels Being Measured in Lake County

June 11, 2019

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.

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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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Anti-Tumor Stem Cell Vaccine Could Help Prevent Mesothelioma

Report: Anti-Tumor Stem Cell Vaccine Could Help Prevent Mesothelioma, Other Cancers

March 7, 2018

Researchers at Stanford University have demonstrated that a vaccine with induced pluripotent stem cells (or iPSCs) was able to prevent tumor growth in a wide range of cancers, including mesothelioma.

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Veterans and Mesothelioma

Lung Cancer in the Veteran Community

November 23, 2015

Though it is now widely recognized as a cancer-causing toxin, asbestos once was a very popular building material, commonly used in hundreds of products and countless structures across the United States until the 1970s. (Asbestos is still used in the U.S., but to a much lesser extent.)

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What is the Difference Between Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma?

October 4, 2013

Many people have heard the terms mesothelioma and lung cancer, and know that they refer to serious, often fatal diseases, which cause many of the same symptoms: shortness of breath, a nagging cough, and unexplained weight loss and fatigue.

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