Demand of Information on EPA’s Handling of Ethylene Oxide Science Review, Sterigenics Emissions Release Oversight



Carper, Duckworth, Durbin Demand Information on EPA’s Handling of Ethylene Oxide Science Review, Sterigenics Emissions Release Oversight

Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler seeking information related to the agency’s recent decision to question EPA career staff’s assessment of the health risks and political appointees’ handling of potentially illegal releases of ethylene oxide (EtO), a chemical identified by EPA as a carcinogen. In the letter, the senators request documents shedding light on the Trump EPA’s enforcement efforts at the Sterigenics Illinois plant and its management of risks posed by EtO at facilities nationwide.  The senators also request all documents related to EPA’s decision to request comments on and potentially re-assess EPA’s 2016 conclusion that the chemical is carcinogenic, a topic that is likely to be raised at today’s EPA public hearing.   

The full text of the letter is below, and the PDF can be found HERE.

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