Ban Ethylene Oxide Emission in IL

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Stop EtO in Lake County is a citizen-led movement. We aim to raise awareness of cancer-causing ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions in Lake County and to eliminate it from our air.

EtO is a known human carcinogen. It is being emitted into the air our children breathe from companies like Vantage in Gurnee and Medline in Waukegan. Vantage uses EtO for manufacturing. Medline uses EtO to sterilize medical equipment. People who live near EtO emitting facilities have higher incidences of cancers. EtO emissions pose the highest danger to children. Our children are breathing this cancer-causing gas every day, 24/7.

Our children and any Illinois children who are unknowingly being exposed to this carcinogen are imploring you, Governor Pritzker, to protect their precious health.

Legislation currently being drafted to regulate EtO emissions must include manufacturing facilities AND sterilization facilities. The process of how EtO is being used is irrelevant. If facilities use EtO, they also emit it into the air we breathe.

We implore you, Governor Pritzker, to ensure that the new EtO legislation protects us from emissions from manufacturers such as Vantage (Gurnee) and sterilization companies such as Medline (Waukegan) and Sterigenics (Willowbrook). Our babies have a right to CLEAN air.