Corboy & Demetrio Files Lawsuit in Sterigenics’ Emissions of Ethylene Oxide
Corboy & Demetrio has filed a lawsuit for the family of a 51-year-old Illinois man alleging he died from cancer caused by Sterigenics’ toxic emissions of ethylene oxide. The man worked less than a mile from Sterigenics’ Willowbrook facility from 1987 until his death in 2018. The lawsuit was one of 32 filed this week against the company.
Sterigenics uses ethylene oxide, a known carcinogen, to sterilize medical instruments and had been releasing this harmful gas in a geographic area that is densely populated with residences and schools until Feb. 15, 2019 when the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency issued a Seal Order, sealing all storage containers of ethylene oxide at Sterigenics’ Willowbrook facility, effectively shutting down the facility by preventing it from using ethylene oxide.
Corboy & Demetrio represents numerous Willowbrook-area residents who were sickened by exposure to EtO, which was emitted from Sterigenics.
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