Lawmakers request criminal investigation, other immediate actions to protect residents from Sterigenics toxic emissions

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 13, 2019) – A group of lawmakers sent a letter to the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday demanding the agency take several immediate actions to protect communities near the Sterigenics plant in Willowbrook. In the letter, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider (D-IL-10), Bill Foster (D-IL-11), Dan Lipinski (D-IL-03), and Sean Casten (D-IL-06) called on the U.S. EPA to open a criminal investigation into allegations of misconduct alleged by former Sterigenics employees in a CBS News story that ran after the Super Bowl. In the package, former Sterigenics employees told CBS Investigative Reporter Dave Savini the company took extraordinary steps to cover up the release of the cancer-causing gas ethylene oxide and secretly operated other facilities in the suburbs. WATCH | Sterigenics allegedly covered up toxic emissions, operated secret plants “Among…

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