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 shut down operations and the company’s efforts to lift the ban have been denied.
"The Willowbrook ethylene oxide data released by the U.S. EPA today shows a disturbing trend that validates the state's decision to suspend operations at Sterigenics," U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski said in a statement.
Federal EPA officials said the agency will hold a public meeting in Willowbrook on its findings in May.
What is Ethylene Oxide?
On the federal government’s list of carcinogens since 1985, ethylene oxide is a highly reactive chemical effective for use as a sterilant for wide range of industrial applications. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), chronic exposure to ethylene oxide has been associated with the occurrence of many diseases and conditions, including:
- Birth defects
- Hodgkin’s Disease
- Stomach, breast and pancreatic cancer
Filing an Ethylene Oxide Lawsuit
Residents of Willowbrook or the immediate surrounding communities suffering with health issues related to ethylene oxide exposure from the Willowbrook Sterigenics’ facility may be entitled to recover damages for current and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
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