State Senator John Curran (R-Downers Grove) joined Stop Sterigenics today in calling for the Sterigenics facility in Willowbrook to cease operations. Curran’s announcement comes as the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), upon his urging, sent a letter to the Illinois Attorney General on Tuesday calling on the facility to close until there are assurances of no elevated risks for cancer.
“I commend the Illinois EPA for demanding Sterigenics act responsibly and temporarily halt operations,” said Curran. “I’ve been in constant communication with the Governor’s office and officials within the EPA throughout this entire ordeal and to have their support is critical.”
On Tuesday, the Illinois EPA issued a letter directing Sterigenics to stop operations until a full review of the modeling and risk assessment can be completed or until the U.S. EPA can assure community members that Sterigenics’ operations pose no elevated health risks.
“Despite area residents demanding action and answers, Sterigenics has remained unresponsive. They are determined to place business before the health and wellbeing of those in the community. Enough is enough,” said Curran. “This letter is a definitive call to action, ensuring that no further harm comes to the people of Willowbrook or surrounding areas.”
The EPA’s letter comes just a day after the Illinois Senate Environment and Conservation Committee hearing on ethylene oxide emissions was hastily cancelled, leaving local officials and members of the public frustrated.
“I want to commend the residents of my district for their outspoken advocacy on this issue,” said Curran. “It is because of their tireless work that we are seeing tangible action being taken to finally address this health crisis.”