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Stricter Emission Rules for Ethylene Oxide: US EPA's Latest Moves

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is intensifying its efforts to address the health risks associated with Ethylene Oxide (EtO), a widely used industrial solvent. The Biden administration is emphasizing environmental justice and health concerns related to EtO exposure, particularly in the context of its use in medical device sterilization.

Recent EPA actions include a commitment to implement stricter EtO emission rules for medical device sterilizers by March 1, 2024, following a lawsuit by environmental organizations. The agency is also taking steps to protect workers exposed to EtO under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.

This heightened regulatory scrutiny highlights the importance for companies in industries that use EtO to monitor and reduce emissions to avoid potential regulatory and legal challenges.



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