Pritzker signs law aimed at reducing cancer-causing ethylene oxide pollution

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday clamped down on ethylene oxide pollution throughout Illinois, targeting a once-obscure industry responsible for some of the highest cancer risks in the nation.

Bipartisan legislation signed into law by Pritzker requires Medline Industries in north suburban Waukegan, Sterigenics in west suburban Willowbrook and other sterilization facilities to prevent leaks of ethylene oxide into surrounding neighborhoods. The companies also must dramatically reduce legally allowable pollution emitted through smokestacks.

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