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Decades of Carcinogenic Pollution
Sterigenics (est. 1984) is a sterilization plant in Willowbrook, Illinois that has exposed residents and workers to harmful levels of EtO, a human carcinogen, for over 30 years.
The plant now faces a growing number of lawsuits from victims who seek financial compensation for the illnesses and wrongful deaths that they believe resulted from exposure to EtO.
In 2018, EPA officials in Illinois became concerned about the increasing levels of EtO at the Sterigenics plant in Willowbrook. They called for immediate release or air monitoring results to the public. But as the EPA’s Office of Inspector General recently reported, a former EPA official withheld these warnings to the Willowbrook community.
The plant shut down in 2019.
What is Ethylene Oxide (EtO)?
EtO is used to make various industrial chemicals, such as ethylene glycol. It is also used as a fumigant in agricultural products and a sterilant for medical equipment.
The use of EtO poses severe health hazards. Chronic exposure can lead to serious health issues, such as:
- Stomach cancer
- Breast cancer
Because of the dangers posed by using this compound, the U.S. EPA classified it as a human carcinogen in December 2016.
Hold the Polluters Responsible
Make sure companies who emit toxic pollutants are held accountable for their actions. If you or a loved one has developed cancer, faced a miscarriage, or experienced an increase in birth defects due to exposure to EtO you may have the right to seek compensation.
While Sterigenics has shut down its Willowbrook facility, the problems associated with EtO exposure will continue to haunt families for generations. Join the fight to seek the rightful compensation and justice you deserve. There’s still time to get your claim added to the pending lawsuit!