Lipinski to Participate in Ethylene Oxide and Sterigenics Community Forum on November 29 in Willowbrook

The U.S. EPA is hosting an open house and community forum in Willowbrook to answer questions and provide information about ethylene oxide (EtO) and the Willowbrook Sterigenics facility.  Staff from the U.S. EPA, State of Illinois, and Tri-State Fire Department will provide answers and information in response to community questions received regarding EtO and what is known and not known about the specific conditions and risks at the Willowbrook Sterigenics plant. 

The U.S. EPA will also discuss ongoing activities and a timeline regarding sampling and evaluation of the contamination levels and risks for the Willowbrook community and the surrounding area, and plans for on-going community information and engagement.


November 29, 2018

Ashton Place Banquets

341 75th St

Willowbrook, IL 60527

Open House: 3 to 6 p.m.

Community Forum: 7 to 10 p.m.

Open House:

The open house will provide an opportunity for individuals to talk one-on-one with staff from multiple agencies and organizations, including Congressman Lipinski’s office, the U.S. EPA, the Illinois EPA, the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and others about their questions and concerns related to ethylene oxide.

Community Forum:

(subject to change)

A key focus of the community forum will be to answer questions.  Because of the large number of expected attendees, questions must be submitted in writing.  Individuals may submit questions ahead of time to and (please send questions to both email addresses).  People will also have the opportunity to write their questions on cards that will be available at the open house and during the forum.

7:00 PM Community Voices

A video montage of issues and concerns from local stakeholders

7:15 PM Introduction to Tonight’s Forum

  • How the meeting was designed and will work
  • What we hope to achieve
  • How we hope to inform everyone tonight and engage the community moving forward
  • What we ask from everyone to ensure they get the information they desire

7:30 PM Welcome and Commitment from the Agencies

  • Willowbrook Mayor Frank Trilla
  • US EPA - William Wehrum, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation
  • US EPA - Region 5 (TBD)
  • Congressman Lipinski

7:45 PM Setting the Stage: Past, Current, and Future Activities to Understand Ethylene Oxide Emissions in Willowbrook, IL

  • US EPA - Mike Koerber & Kelly Rimer

8:00 PM Panel Session 1. Questions Related to Ethylene Oxide and What We Know and Don’t Know About the Risks Around the Sterigenics Facility

      Community Questioners:


  • US EPA - Kelly Rimer, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
  • ATSDR - Capt. Michelle Colledge, Ph.D., MPH
  • Illinois Health Department cancer study (tentative)

8:30 PM Panel Session 2. Questions Related to the Sterigenics Willowbrook Facility

      Community Questioners:


  • USEPA - Mike Koerber, Deputy Office Director, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
  • State of Illinois - confirmed participant TBD
  • Tri-State Fire Department

9:00 PM Panel Session 3. Questions Related to Future Plans to Inform and Engage the Community Surrounding the Sterigenics Willowbrook Facility

      Community Questioners:


  • US EPA - Laura McKelvey OAQPS Community and Tribal Programs Group
  • ATSDR - Mark Johnson Ph.D.
  • State of Illinois - TBD

9:30 PM Address Additional Questions

  • Community and Local Government Questioners will ask panelists to address additional questions collected from the question cards throughout the Open House and Forum

9:55 PM Closing Comments

  • USEPA - Bill Wehrum and Mike Koerber
  • Community and Local Government Questioners