Ethylene Oxide gas is being released in our community in large amounts by two companies. 9,470 pounds of this gas were released in 2014.
Vantage Specialty Chemicals in Gurnee, IL and Medline Industries in Waukegan, IL. Medline uses it to sterilize medical supplies. Vantage uses it for non-medical products.
A gas used to sterilize materials that are sensitive to normal sterilization techniques (heat and moisture). It is also used to make some consumer products.
It sterilizes by attacking and damaging the DNA of organisms, including humans. This makes it an aggressive cause of cancer - even in very small quantities.
View the EPA FAQ on ethylene oxide. Many community members are still in the dark and the polluters want to keep it that way. Knowledge is power.
Blood Tests Show Higher Levels Of Potentially Cancer-Causing Gas In Those Who Live Near Waukegan Medline Plant
Results begin to roll in from second round of ethylene oxide testing in Lake County; higher levels of EtO detected in Gurnee
Higher levels of cancer-causing ethylene oxide detected near 2 plants in Lake County, Illinois
Representative Rita Mayfield (60th) on the closure of Medline in Waukegan: The Illinois EPA has failed to protect human life
IEPA blasted at ethylene oxide town hall for ‘stalling on regulating’ plants in Gurnee and Waukegan
Town hall meeting on ethylene oxide emissions set in Lake County; new 90-day test period approved
Legislators unveil bill to keep ethylene oxide emissions away from ‘densely populated regions’
4 Lake County residents sue Medline, Vantage over ethylene oxide emissions; attorney says ‘many more lawsuits’ are coming
Spurred By CBS 2 Investigation, Lawmakers Move Forward In Pushing For Ethylene Oxide Restrictions
Authorities Monitoring For Levels Of Cancer Causing Gas Near Facilities in Waukegan and Gurnee
Community skeptical of state EPA's proposed ethylene oxide controls at Medline facility in Waukegan
Gurnee, Waukegan mayors like county's ethylene oxide testing plan, but proposed deadlines are tight
'We know it’s toxic': Gurnee crowd protests emissions as county announces plans for tests at local plants
Illinois shut down Sterigenics because of ethylene oxide. Meanwhile, in Lake County …
Lake County planning for independent ethylene oxide tests near 2 facilities after EPA declined to do assessments
DUCKWORTH PRESSES EPA NOMINEE ANDREW WHEELER OVER EPA’S EFFORTS TO PREVENT ETHYLENE OXIDE EMISSIONS TESTING & UNDERMINE RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD
DUCKWORTH, FOSTER, DURBIN, LIPINSKI & SCHNEIDER INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO CLOSE LOOPHOLES THAT ALLOW EPA TO HIDE HEALTH RISKS OF CHEMICALS FROM PUBLIC
SCHNEIDER AND DURBIN INTRODUCE BILL TO REQUIRE EPA TO REVISE STANDARDS FOR ETHYLENE OXIDE EMISSIONS
Waukegan council supports investigation of carcinogenic gases from 2 Lake County facilities, but residents want more
Durbin Calls For Investigation Into Trump Administration's Delay Of Notifying Lake County Residents About Cancer-Causing Pollution
Editorial: The Sterigenics scare: U.S. EPA owes DuPage and Lake emissions safety standards
SCHNEIDER, DURBIN, DUCKWORTH MEET WITH ACTING EPA ADMINISTRATOR, CALL FOR ACTION ON CANCER-CAUSING POLLUTION IN LAKE AND DUPAGE COUNTIES
Gurnee has the authority to ban ethylene oxide under Illinois Constitution Article VII, Section 6 and Illinois statute 65 ILCS 5, Article 11 Division 19.1.
Waukegan has the authority to ban ethylene oxide under Illinois Constitution Article VII, Section 6 and Illinois statute 65 ILCS 5, Article 11 Division 19.1.
Bush represents most of Gurnee.
Link represents most of Waukegan. Both Vantage and Medline are in his district.
Didech represents areas around Park City, including Medline.
Mayfield represents much of Waukegan and some parts of Gurnee. Vantage is in her district.
Mason represents much of Gurnee.
Represents much of Waukegan and some of Gurnee. Vantage and Medline are in his district.
Represents much of Gurnee.