Immediate SHUTDOWN of Medline EtO Operations

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"Stop EtO in Lake County" is a grass-roots movement made up of parents and residents. We are concerned about the extremely high emissions of ethylene oxide (EtO) from Medline Industries Inc. and Vantage Specialty Chemicals. 

EtO is a known human carcinogen and mutagen. No levels of EtO are safe to breathe. Extremely low amounts of EtO can cause cancer(s). Children are the population group with the highest risk from this highly toxic gas. This toxic air distribution is endangering communities in Waukegan, Gurnee, Grayslake, Park City, North Chicago, Green Oaks, Libertyville, Lake Bluff, Wadsworth, and others who are immersed in the EtO fog. Lake County children are breathing toxic, carcinogenic air daily. There are multiple daycares and schools within striking distance from both these facilities. Multiple businesses and office areas are within a few hundred feet. 

Published air testing results around Medline are alarming. Medline's results are similar to amounts measured around Sterigenics in Willowbrook. Sterigenics was placed under a Seal Order. Medline must be, too.  

We, the residents of Lake County, demand from Governor Pritzker, the Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, and IL EPA Director John Kim for a SHUTDOWN of EtO operations from Medline effective IMMEDIATELY, until Medline can prove that it no longer endangers public health. 

The health of our communities is just as valuable as the health of Willowbrook's residents. We demand the same concern the State showed for Willowbrook's residents. 

Respectfully on behalf of residents of Lake County, 

Stop EtO in Lake County