Lipinski Statement on Sterigenics Plan to Fight IL EPA Seal Order in Court

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) issued the following statement on the IL EPA seal order to prevent any new sterilization cycles at Sterigenics using EtO:

“After Friday’s IL EPA order to shut down EtO sterilization at Sterigenics, I wish I could say our work is done, but we know that’s not the case. Sterigenics’ attorneys have already indicated they will fight the IL EPA’s Seal Order in court. As Sterigenics fights their battle in the courts, I will continue to fight to get the US EPA to act. Under the Clean Air Act, the US EPA Administrator has the ability to temporarily shut down any facility for 60 days if there is evidence that it presents a substantial threat to public health or the environment. The evidence already collected indicating high levels of EtO in the air in Willowbrook seems to clearly demonstrate a public health threat. The US EPA needs to act immediately. I applaud the IL EPA’s actions on Sterigenics, now it’s time for the US EPA to follow suit.”

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