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The EPA Is Literally Making People Sick

Despite its somewhat sensational title, this opinion piece contains solid information on the recent history of EO and why the medical community should take another look at the science backing this incredibly effective sterilant. -Andersen

Issues & Insights — Medical devices can do more harm than good unless properly sterilized and disinfected by applying agents such as Ethylene Oxide (EtO) gas. And, because of deeply flawed federal studies and subsequent state and local actions based on this shoddy science, production of sterilizing agents such as EtO has been put on the backburner. Policymakers must examine all the evidence at hand and keep patients safe from COVID-19 contamination. MORE…

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GA’s first air test shows toxic gas above acceptable level

Atlanta Journal-Constitution — The state’s first air test for a carcinogenic gas used by several industrial facilities across Georgia showed it at a level well above what is deemed acceptable by federal regulators.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency, which analyzed the sample, said in a statement that the test result is a preliminary estimate. The agency said, “The sample collected at the South DeKalb monitoring site provides a measurable level of ethylene oxide that cannot clearly be linked to a particular source.” MORE…

Vantage Gurnee, IL Chicago Tribune

Health department’s air testing for ethylene oxide in Waukegan, Gurnee shows highest results in residential area near Medline

Chicago Tribune — The final results are in from ambient air monitoring conducted earlier this summer around two Lake County facilities that use ethylene oxide. Conclusions can’t be drawn from any one day of air sampling, Lake County Health Department spokeswoman Hannah Goering said, adding that a full analysis will take into consideration wind speed and direction as well as other variables. MORE…

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