Sterigenics Among Companies to Pay $363M in Damages for Exposing Residents to Ethylene Oxide Gas

Sterigenics Among Companies to Pay $363M in Damages for Exposing Residents to Ethylene Oxide Gas

(IRN) – A Cook County jury on Monday ruled that Sterigenics and two other companies must pay $363 million in damages for exposing a woman and other Willowbrook residents to dangerous levels of ethylene oxide gas.

The woman in the first trial in the case and who developed breast cancer, blamed Sterigenics for releasing the toxic gas into the air from 1985 to 2019.

A report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency showed that people living near the plant got cancer at rates nine times higher than the national average.

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