Sterigenics announced plans on Monday to close its suburban Chicago medical equipment cleaning plant, citing an "unstable legislative and regulatory landscape in Illinois."
An Illinois judge has ruled the operator of a suburban Chicago medical equipment cleaning plant that its neighbors say emits cancer-causing fumes can reopen the facility.
Another lawsuit accuses Sterigenics, the embattled company with facilities in southwest suburban Willowbrook,of knowing it was pumping the cancer-causing carcinogen, ethylene oxide, into surrounding communities, but did nothing to stop it.
An assessment released by state health officials shows there is a spike in cancer cases for people living near the Sterigenics facility in Willowbrook.
Legislators and residents of Willowbrook were in Springfield Tuesday, demanding more action against Sterigenics and other companies which use ethylene oxide.