Lipinski Responds to EPA Report on Elevated Cancer Risk Related to McCook Plant

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) released the following statement today:

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a report showing elevated cancer risk in McCook, Lyons, Stickney, Brookfield, and Riverside due to emissions of a chemical called ethylene oxide.  The main source of emissions in this area is the Elé Corporation, a chemical company located in McCook.  Although the levels of the chemical emitted don’t pose an immediate health risk, the EPA report shows that they could cause elevated cancer risk over a lifetime of exposure.

“After speaking with representatives from the U.S. EPA, the Illinois EPA, the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the company, I learned that there is preliminary data showing that the actual levels of ethylene oxide in the air may be much lower than what the EPA report shows.  These need to be confirmed by more detailed testing, so I am calling on the Elé Corporation to carry out such tests as soon as possible.  If the tests show that there is a public health threat, the company needs to take immediate action to address it.”

Clean Up EtO Act (11/20/1804:53 PMET )
Lipinski EPA Letter 11-13-18 (11/16/1810:36 AMET )
Ele Emissions Letter (09/28/1805:58 PMET )